Patriotism can be found on every street corner if you look for any simple act of compassion one American does for another. When citizens exercise their rights as Americans and live their lives to the fullest, they honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans.
Some say they have never served in the ranks. I beg to differ. There are many different trenches in life that call for acts of heroism by ordinary citizens every day.
Staff sergeant Tim Chambers, U.S.
Marine Corps, quoted in American Legion Magazine
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
Erma Bombeck, newspaper columnist
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.
Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed -- else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States
May the sun in its course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta: the founder of Buddhism
It's a Harry Situation
1. What was the home state of President Harry Truman?
a-Michigan, b-Missouri, c-Ohio, d-Minnesota.
2. Which talk show host has a son named Harry?
a-Jay Leno, b-Dick Cavett, c-David Letterman, d-Carson Daly.
3. What instrument was played by big band leader Harry James?
a-Violin, b-Piano, c-Drums, d-Trumpet.
4. Red Sox owner Harry Frazee supposedly started a curse preventing the Sox from winning the World Series by trading what player to the Yankees in 1920?
a-Babe Ruth, b-Ernie Lombardi, c-Lou Gehrig, d-Rogers Hornsby
5. Debbie Harry is the lead singer of what New Wave band?
a-Blondie, b-Radiohead, c-Siouxsie and the Banshees, d-The Dolls.
6. Who starred as magician Harry Houdini in the 1953 movie "Houdini"?
a-Kirk Douglas, b-Tony Curtis, c-Burt Lancaster, d-Jack Lemmon.
7. The Kathy Bates TV legal series "Harry's Law" is set in which city?
a-New York City, b-Cincinnati, c-Burbank, d-New Orleans.
8. What is the last name of the rogue cop played by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry?"
a-Langley, b-Callahan, c-Taylor, d-Andrews.
9. Which woman was offered a $1 million annual salary to co-host ABC's evening news program with Harry Reasoner in 1976?
a-Connie Chung, b-Barbara Walters, c-Jessica Savitch, d-Oprah Winfrey.
10. Who was named the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Harry Truman's administration?
a-Curtis LeMay, b-George S. Patton, c-Douglas MacArthur, d-Omar Bradley.
11. In what movie would you find quintuplets named Barry, Garry, Harry, Larry, and Nathan Jr.?
a-"The Hunger Games," b-"Baby Geniuses", c-"Raising Arizona," d-"Five."
12. Which superhero battled a vilainous cat named Oil Can Harry?
a-Mighty Mouse, b-Captain Marvel Jr., c-The Badger, d-The Tick.