Armed Forces Day Quotes

These Armed Forces Day quotes gives us an opportunity to truly stop and think about what this day means.

It is a time for us to honor and celebrate all men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country.

Shake their hands, give them a hug....at the very least, thank them for their service. We owe them so much!

Enjoy and share these quotes with your friends and family.


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Armed Forces Day Quotes - Guard Our Freedom/Be United

"The heritage of freedom must be guarded as carefully in peace as it was in war. Faith, not suspicion, must be the key to our relationships. Sacrifice, not selfishness, must be the eternal price of liberty. Vigilance, not appeasement, is the byword of living freedoms. Our Armed Forces in 1950--protecting the peace, building for security with freedom--are "Teamed for Defense ..."

General Omar N. Bradley
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

”He loves his country best who strives to make it best.”

Robert G. Ingersoll

"Real security lies in the prevention of war--and today that hope can come only through adequate preparedness."

General Omar N. Bradley, 1951
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

General Douglas MacArthur

"Armed Forces Day this year should serve to emphasize the practical application of unification in action, and to remind us of the continued need for unity in our Armed Forces and among all of our citizens in the interests of security and peace."

Robert D. Lovett
Former Secretary of Defense

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall."

John Dickinson



Armed Forces Day Quotes - Honor Those Who Serve


"It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

Maya Angelou

"Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he--the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine--who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail."

Admiral Forrest P. Sherman

”We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Cynthia Ozick

"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."

James Allen



Armed Forces Day Quotes - Determination/Perseverance


"Our Armed Forces and our national defense system represent a judicious investment of the nation's resources in the cause of peace. The return on this investment, in terms of national strength, shows the determination of the American people to preserve our way of life and to give hope to all who seek peace with freedom and justice."

The Honorable Neil McElroy, 1959
Former Secretary of Defense

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

Elmer Davis

"Close understanding between members of our Armed Forces and members of civilian communities is most important to preserve the high level of national readiness necessary for safeguarding the free world."

General Nathan F. Twining, 1959
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff



Armed Forces Day Quotes - Sacrifice


"We cannot, in this day of exploding world competition on all fronts, be content to maintain the status quo. We must also realize that the preservation of our freedom in the years ahead may require greater sacrifices from us than those made by Americans who have walked before us."

General Nathan F. Twining, 1960
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

”From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

Thomas Jefferson

"... Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace--many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth--that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice."



Armed Forces Day Quotes - Vigilance


"...Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard."

President John F. Kennedy, 1962

“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed."

President John F. Kennedy, 1962

"The support of an informed American people is increasingly important to the Armed Forces in these days of rapid technological advance, quick reaction time, and grave threat to our freedom. I, therefore, encourage members of the DoD to observe Armed Forces Day by informing the American people of our 'Power for Peace' and by confirming their faith that in our strength we will remain free."

The Honorable Robert S. McNamara, 1962
Former Secretary of Defense

”The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Thomas Jefferson

President John F. Kennedy, 1963

”The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”

Thomas Campbell

"...Their contribution to our freedom and safety is measureless. Our national security depends on the maintenance of alert military forces as a deterrent to any possible aggressor."

President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

"Armed Forces Day, above all, honors the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of their country. Each serviceman, wherever he may be, whatever his task, contributes directly and importantly to the defense of the nation. The task of each one is the task of all the Armed Forces: to protect the freedoms which underlie the greatness of America."

General Earle G. Wheeler, 1967
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staf
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Armed Forces Day Quotes - Gratitude


”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

"Our servicemen and women shoulder the burden of defense as one of the responsibilities of citizenship in this free country. Having participated in protecting our rights and having met oppression on the battlegrounds of the world, they are able to appreciate and savor the blessings of citizenship in the country they serve."

The Honorable Melvin Laird, 1970
Former Secretary of Defense

” For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.”

Unknown

"At home and abroad, military men and women are showing purpose and dedication in defending American ideas. They are performing in our country's best traditions under circumstances both difficult and complex. Thanks to their determined spirit of patriotism and professionalism, our country has a powerful and unified defense team, employing its forces in the constant quest for peace and freedom."

The Honorable Melvin Laird, 1972
Former Secretary of Defense

”Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes




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