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Veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images

Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday dedicated to honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces, takes place Saturday, Nov. 11. Beginning in 1938, the public holiday was originally observed as Armistice Day to honor those who died in World War I. In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with the word “Veterans,” commemorating those who served in all wars.

Here is a compilation of quotes gathered from Quote Catalog and Thought Co. to remember those who served their country:

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis, American news broadcaster, writer and director of the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II (1890-1958)

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” — Gary Hart, American politician, diplomat and lawyer

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” — Maya Angelou, American writer, poet and civil rights activist (1928-2014)

“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, Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher (544 B.C.-496 B.C.)

“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, American writer (1835-1910)

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” — Jose Narosky, Argentine writer

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister (1874-1965)

“Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.” — Richard Watson Gilder, American poet (1844-1909)

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” — G.K. Chesterton, English writer (1874-1936)

“In valor there is hope.” — Publius Cornelius Tacitus, senator of the Roman Empire (58 AD-120 AD)

“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, 16th President of the United States (1809-1865)

“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. Freedom is never free.” — Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it.” -Barack Obama

“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, American politician

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” — Claudia Pemberton, American author

“The young patriots now returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other deployments worldwide are joining the ranks of veterans to whom America owes an immense debt of gratitude.” — Steve Buyer, American politician

“America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.”— Steve Buyer

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

U.S. veterans salute during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner during a Veterans Day ceremony November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images