“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

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

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
– Michel de Montaigne


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

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

All photos take by Debra Smouse in and around Washington DC

From top to bottom:  Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, The Lone Sailor (US Navy Memorial), US Navy Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Nurses Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery