The Lighthouse had the distinct honor of opening the first Veteran’s Home in Lynchburg, Virginia that houses homeless U.S. Veterans with wrap-around supportive services. Our Program Director, Terrick Moyer, is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who shares an affinity with the men. He continually reviews the therapeutic services available for them to ensure all the support and resources are available.

In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the day to commemorate the end of WWI with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

In honor of Veteran’s Day, and the 23 million surviving veterans, we want to salute them. Here is a collection of inspirational Veteran’s Day quotes for our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future. God bless you and thank you.

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 (Feb 22, 1732 – Dec 14, 1799), 1st U.S. President

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. ~ Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12, 1809 – Apr 15, 1865), 16th U.S. President

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – Nov 22, 1963), 35th U.S. President

Those who live today remember those who do not. Those who know freedom remember today those who gave up life for freedom. . . . For all time, they are what we can only aspire to be: giving, unselfish, the epitome of human love — to lay down one’s life so that others might live. ~ Ronald Reagan (Feb 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004), 40th U.S. President

We observe Veteran’s Day on an anniversary — not of a great battle or of the beginning of a war, but of a day when war ended and our nation was again at peace. Ever since the Armistice of November the 11th,1918, this has been a day to remember our debt to all who have worn the uniform of the United States. ~ George W. Bush (Jul 6, 1946) age 74 years, 43rd U.S. President

A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart. ~ Hercules A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~ Joseph Campbell

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. ~ Patrick Henry

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. ~ Dan Lipinski

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place — police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces. ~ Sidney Sheldon

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. ~ Jeff Miller We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~ Cynthia Ozick

If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for ~ Unknown

America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. ~ John Doolittle

This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis

In valor there is hope. ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellowmen. ~ Richard Watson Gilder

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~ Maya Angelou

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. ~ Thucydides

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

Never was so much owed by so many to so few. ~ Winston Churchill

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~ Mark Twain