25 Quotes to Show Your Military Appreciation

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America! America! God shed his grace on thee.

As you prepare to celebrate the July 4th Independence Day holiday, please remember to take the time to thank those who made this holiday possible throughout the history of our great nation. We enjoy the freedom we have because someone else went before us to make that possible.

Here are some of my favorite quotes to help show your appreciation for those who’ve served or are currently serving in our military and their military spouses.

25 Gratitude Quotes About Military Service

  1. “America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.” ~ Allen Boyd
  2. “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” ~ Amelia Earhart
  3. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
  4. “If there is one thing you’ve got to hold on to, it’s the courage to fight!” ~ Bessie Delany
  5. “The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” ~ Margaret Chase Smith
  6. “Freedom is never free.” ~ Unknown
  7. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou
  8. “When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” ~ George Canning
  9. “I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” ~ Gary Hart
  10. “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
  11. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~ Cynthia Ozick
  12. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  13. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” ~ Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  14. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~ Dr. Robert Schuller
  15. “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
  16. “The dedication of the United States Air Force, Special Forces, and others involved in the mission to tracking down terrorists can not be matched. We express our gratitude to these men and women who defend the freedom America represents.” ~ Tim Murphy
  17. “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  18. “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” ~ Clara Barton
  19. “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” ~ G.K. Chesterton
  20. “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” ~ Frederick Buechner
  21. “I saw how different life was on different sides of the same city. I saw the fear in the eyes of people who were not free. I saw the gratitude of people toward the United States for all that we had done. I felt goosebumps as I got off a military train and heard the Army band strike up “Stars and Stripes Forever.”” ~ Senator John Kerry
  22. “Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it.” ~ Jalal Talabani (President of Iraq)
  23. “These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn.” ~ Nelson A. Miles
  24. “We need to thank all of our troops, and particularly those for whom we can never express enough gratitude for they have given their lives so that all of us may be free and that our democracy can be a shining light for the rest of the world.” ~ Virgil Goode
  25. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~ Elmer Davis

Bonus Quotes To Encourage Military Spouses

Military spouses have to be just as brave and courageous sometimes as our soldiers. Here are a few quotes to encourage them:

  1. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
  2. “The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.” ~ Corra Harris
  3. “This country owes them all a debt of gratitude. The down payment on that debt is making sure that we live up to Lincoln’s charge: to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” ~ Dave Obey

More Quotes About Military Service

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Share Your Military Service Quotes

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that shows gratitude towards those who have served or are currently serving in our Military? Or do you have a quote that would encourage a military spouse or their families? Please feel free to share about it in the comments