We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

With malice toward none; with charity for all;

with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right,

let us strive on to finish the work we are in;

to bind up the nation's wounds;

to care for him who shall have borne the battle,

and for his widow, and his orphan —

to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace,

among ourselves, and with all nations.

Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural address, 4 March, 1865


"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."

Theodore Roosevelt, July 4, 1903


"The willingness with which our young are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

George Washington, 1789