World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the signing of a truce to end the fighting between the Allied Powers and Germany.
In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of this, November 11, 1919 was officially designated as Armistice Day in the United States. However, it was not actually made a national holiday until 1938.
The day was originally intended to acknowledge a national pledge to all veterans of military service; especially to honor the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War I.
To Fulfill Our Sacred Obligations
However, by the early 1950s, many millions more Americans had enlisted and fought in the military services in WWII, and the Korean War. In trying to be more inclusive and honor this new generation of veterans’ service, the designation of Armistice Day was changed.
In 1954, Congress passed a bill, signed by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to re-name November 11 Veterans Day.
This holiday is intended as a remembrance of all the veterans who fought in these conflicts and for us to never forget and fulfill our sacred obligation to provide support to all our military service men and women, current and past.
Our National Promise
Daniel William Lipinski is a political scientist and politician who served eight terms, from 2005 to 2021, as the U.S. Representative for Illinois, 3rd Congressional District.
In his words:
“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” – Daniel Lipinski
Veterans Day and Veterans Day quotes are a way to remind us all of the sacrifices made by all veterans of the armed forces of The United States of America.
In keeping this spirit alive, America honors its military members, both current and former, for the hardships endured, that our veterans accepted in service to our country.
Our Fallen Heroes Represent Our Nation’s Character
“Our fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror” —Michael N. Castle, former Governor of Delaware
“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” — Abraham Lincoln
Veterans Day Quotes, and our veterans, represent the nation’s character; a mentality with a long history of honor and patriotism.
Veterans day quotes honor not only the character of the nation’s armed forces, but also the sacrifices and hardships that were endured to uphold a sacred obligation – that of defending our nation against all enemies.
History’s Iron Pen
Richard Watson Gilder was a poet, and fought on the side of the Union during the American Civil War.
“Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” — Richard Watson Gilder
After his death, he was honored by President Theodore Roosevelt who praised him for his service as well as his many accomplishments after the war.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
Let us remember that America’s veterans embody ideals upon which this country was originally founded.
We must never forget that America’s veterans are the brave service men and women who have shed patriot’s blood to keep our country free.
Veteran’s Day Quotes To Inspire
“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” Charles B Rangel – Former Member U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 2017
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” — Alexander Hamilton
These Veterans Day quotes recognize that duty called to all our veterans who have served this nation. They help us remember the service given and to always honor our soldiers and service members.
Finally, we must express our lasting gratitude for the lost lives of previous wars as well as our own beloved sons and daughters currently engaged here and abroad.
Duty, Honor, Country
“Duty, honor, country: those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. – General Douglas MacArthur Military Commander WWII
General MacArthur’s words echo the willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice everything for the land of the free, and show that America is, indeed, home of the brave.
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. – Unknown Author
These and many more inspirational Veterans Day quotes refer to plain people who have served our country and are the real heroes. America’s veterans deserve not only remembrance, but our gratitude for sacrifices that were made to ensure we remain a free and democratic society.
An Entire Lifetime
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan
“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher 4 BC – AD 61
These words remind us to renew our national promise to all of our veterans, and remind us of the importance to fulfill our obligations to our veterans.
It is through these words that we remember who it is that bravely bears our commitment to live free.
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell, Poet
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much been owed by so many to so few”. Winston Churchill
Eugene (Tree) Hairston is currently an Environmental Management Services Training Instructor at Bay Pines Veterans Administration hospital in St Petersburg, FL. He is also a graduate of the Development for Leaders in the 21st Century program, as well.
Eugene is also the recipient of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs National Hero Award for his efforts during the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes. He is also a TEDx Alumni Speaker. In his words:
I celebrated 24 years of recovery from all my addictions on August 12th, 2022.
In 2007, I wrote a book titled “A Quiet Voice”, that chronicles my journey of from homelessness and addiction, to recovery. My driving theme is that “its never too late” to become the person you want to be.
My drug of choice was more. I was a heroin and cocaine addict for over 20 years, and a crack addict for over 10years. I started drinking at the age of 10 and was a full-blown alcoholic by the age of 15. I have been incarcerated over 13 years of my adult life.
A chronic relapser in treatment centers and rehabs, my break came on August the 12, 1998. For the previous 8 years, I had been homeless and was living on the streets of Tampa.
One day, I awoke in desperation and decided to take one more chance at sobriety. I contacted my VA representative and when they realized that I was a Viet Nam Combat Veteran, I was accepted into a substance abuse and PTSD program at Bay Pines VAHCS.
Since completion of those programs, I have remained involved in 12-step program recovery. As a result of sincere commitment to my sobriety, life has became more livable and much more enjoyable.
Currently Eugene is involved in the VA Peer Support group, at Turning Point of Tampa. This group is scheduled every week, on Saturday, and is for the benefit of current VA clients who have been admitted to the residential treatment program at Turning Point of Tampa.
Eugene says that he loves his involvement with this group and says it has helped him as a recovering addict as well as a Veteran. Eugene looks forward every week to seeing veterans lives get better as a result of their participation in the recovery process.
Click Here to hear more about Eugene’s story at “The Point is Recovery Podcast”, sponsored by Turning Point of Tampa.
Quotes from Veterans Who Completed Treatment at Turning Point:
“The staff was very helpful and treated me respectfully during my stay at detox. Finally, I can wake up with out the urge to use chemicals, and just feel normal.”
“The one thing I found most beneficial while in treatment was recognizing diseased thinking, and the emphasis on sponsor and network calls. The House Managers got me situated on arrival, checked in on me during my treatment, gave me some tips when leaving”.
“I kind of stumbled into Turning Point of Tampa and I am 100% better for it. My Therapist Hans and Therapist Jon were most beneficial to me while I was in treatment. I felt very safe here.”
“Great overall support, therapist Hans is terrific; Jon was great in Trauma group. Absolutely was treated with dignity and respect by the Turning Point staff. I thank God for Turning Point.”
“The House Managers helped me with being in the right place at the right time. I learned about my disease and tools for recovery, Hans was the most influential in my recovery process at Turning Point of Tampa.”
“(I was) able to talk to my therapist whenever I needed to. Being able to ask the other therapists for help and received honest feedback for my assignments. Melanie was great leading process groups. The Admissions department, my therapist and psychiatrist were extremely helpful.”
Turning Point of Tampa is a provider for the Veterans Affairs’ Community Care Network.
Let us never forget that to completely fulfill our sacred obligation to our service members, whether they be Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force, all deserve the very best health care in return for their service.
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — George Washington
Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
Turning Point of Tampa is in contact with the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network from which you will be receiving services. This is to ensure there will be no pause in the continuity of your care throughout your recovery process.
Also, Turning Point of Tampa has direct contact with the SUDS Department to make sure that the admissions process and all aftercare services are supportive of your personal needs.
Turning Point of Tampa offers every client individualized treatment planning. We also recognize that our Veteran population has specific issues which may be a barrier to recovery that our civilian population may not have experienced.
This includes Veteran process groups, Veteran peer support with long term recovery, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and a Veteran specialized discharge planner who assists with aftercare planning, including housing accommodations when you leave Turning Point of Tampa.
Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and group therapy.
We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and Dual Diagnosis in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department.