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Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they’ve been given.
Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars.
The only thing that makes battle tolerable is the brotherhood among soldiers.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
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.
The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.
We remember those called upon to give all a person can give, and who were prepared to make that sacrifice. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation.
I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: "I served in the United States military."
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they've earned when they come home. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America.