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Practicing gratitude is important — In honor of veterans day, these appreciation quotes and sayings can help express your thoughts of gratitude. Appreciation is a thank you or a recognition of something that someone has done for you. Send a short message of thanks and include an inspirational quote or saying to express your gratefulness. 

Veterans Day allows all of us to express our appreciation for the military men and women who have served our country. These quotes celebrate the attributes that we most admire in these heroes: Courage. Honor. Sacrifice. Selflessness.


“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must.” – Barack Obama

“All right. They’re on our left. They’re on our right. They’re in front of us, they’re behind us. They can’t get away this time.” —COLONEL LEWIS “CHESTY” PULLER” ― Jeff Shaara

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward

“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” – Nick Lampson

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” – Bob Riley

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

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” – Minot J. Savage

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” -Wallace Bruce

“On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!” – Thomas William Parsons

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” – Harry S. Truman

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” – Francis A. Walker

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

“No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” – James Allen

We all need reminders to appreciate the small, sometimes overlooked positives in the day, as well as sharing that with others. Using these quotes, you’ll never be at a loss for the right words to express your gratitude again.