Throughout our history as a nation, many have spoken eloquently about the valor, courage, commitment and sacrifice made by millions of our men and women who have defended our nation and its ideals. We share some of these moving words with you in honor of Armed Forces Day:
- “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
- “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
- “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.”-President John F. Kennedy
- “Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause — honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.”-Abraham Lincoln, in December 2, 1863 letter to George Opdyke and others.
- “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.”-General George Washington
As time waxes and wanes, and yellow ribbons fade, let us always remember the words of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson:
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”