"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."
President Abraham Lincoln, December 2, 1863 in a letter to George Opdyke (an entrepreneur, anti-slavery advocate and 76th Mayor of New York City) and others
"As we mark the centennial of the Armistice, we remember the countless sacrifices that our country’s heroic veterans have made throughout our history to preserve our liberty and prosperity. Our veterans embody the values and ideals of America and the timeless virtue of serving a greater cause."
President Donald Trump, November 9, 2018 – in a proclamation released by The White House as the President travels to Europe to honor the fallen on Armistice Day
"Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign -- an exercise in the free speech and self-government that you fought for. It often lays bare disagreements across our nation. But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard. And when the election is over, as we search for ways to come together -- to reconnect with one another and with the principles that are more enduring than transitory politics -- some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day."
President Barack Obama, on November 11, 2016 – in prescient remarks on the importance of remembering who and why we are as a nation.