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Quotations for Armed Forces Day,
Military Appreciation, and
Support Our Troops Sentiments

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Dick Cheney

Our country will remain "the land of the free" only so long as it is "the home of the brave." ~Public Service Magazine, 1945

First, freedom is never free; in fact, it has always been bought at great cost, whether on the battlefield, in the legislative assembly, in the law courts, in the schoolroom, or in synagogues, temples or churches. Also, it is never self-perpetuating, but has had to be rewon again and again... ~Author unknown, 1960s

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she‑roes! ~Maya Angelou

Serving alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, our Nation's military families give of themselves and give up their time with their loved ones so we may live safely and freely.... On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the spouses of those who have left behind everything they know and love to join our Nation's unbroken chain of patriots.... Let us celebrate these selfless individuals by supporting them and upholding our everlasting commitment to stand beside them and their families. ~Barack Obama, 2016 May 5th, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary  [celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day each May —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Lord, let War's tempest cease,
Fold the whole Earth in peace
      Under thy wings!
Make all Thy nations one,
All hearts beneath the sun...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Our Fathers' Land," 1860

In war there are no unwounded soldiers. ~José Narosky, Si Todos Los Tiempos: Aforismos, 1977  [“En las guerras no hay soldado sin heridas.” —tg]

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning (1770–1827), "The Pilot that Weather'd the Storm"

[W]e take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [V, 1, Portia]  [D. W. Brogan, 1964: "shone like a good deed in a weary world" — David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 film: "So shines a good deed in a weary world." —tg]

I... resolved to adopt the well Known Maxim “Where Liberty dwells, there is my country,” here every man who acknowledges the rights of a rational being, ought to bring his mite of Knowledge or experience, to encrease the rising Glory of this happy People. ~James Wallace, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1803

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,—
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson, 1768

But fame is theirs — and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell — when cold neglect is dead —
"These for their country fought and bled."
~Philip Freneau, stanzas occasioned by the departure of the British from Charleston, December 14, 1782

My god! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Monroe, 1785

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III, c.1592

...may the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own Country! ~Daniel Webster, 1832

No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954

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