KEY POINTS

  • Veterans Day's history goes back to World War I
  • It is a widely celebrated American holiday
  • There are parades, tributes and work and school closures on this day

Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 every year to honor the military veterans who bravely served the country. Originally called "Armistice Day" to honor the veterans of World War I, its name was changed to "Veterans Day" in 1954 to commemorate veterans of all wars.

As a well-known American holiday, it is widely celebrated each year with parades, tributes and work and school closures. Many restaurants also offer free meals for veterans.

On this day, here are some inspiring quotes to honor the brave men and women throughout history, courtesy of Country Living, Brainy Quote and Semi-Delicate Balance:

  • "The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree." — Thomas Campbell
  • "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
  • "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." — Alexander Hamilton
  • "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." — Winston Churchill
  • "The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." — Douglas MacArthur
  • "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned out undying gratitude." — Harry S. Truman
  • "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." — Patrick Henry
  • "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" — Maya Angelou
  • "Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice and we must." — Barack Obama
  • "Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!" — Sun Tzu
  • "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." — Arthur Ashe

2013 Veterans Day Parade U.S. Army soldiers and others carry a giant American flag during the New York City Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York Nov. 11, 2013. Photo: Reuters