This Thursday, November 11, 2021, is a federal holiday, Veterans Day to recognize those who have served their country. Many communities host events or parades to honor the brave men and women in uniform. The holiday recognizes all who have served, past, present, and future.
Quotes for Veterans Day
Posting to social media is one of the easiest ways to thank a veteran. If you need a quote for Veterans Day, check out the following for inspiration.
- “America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” -Steve Buyer
- “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” – Douglas MacArthur
- “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
- “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” – Judd Gregg
- “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
- “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” – Harry S. Truman
- “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” -Jeff Miller
- “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
- “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
- “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
- “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan
- “Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach
- “America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” — Claudia Pemberton
- “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick
- “I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.” — George W. Bush
- “Spending time with America’s soldiers is always inspiring.” — John Boehner
- “These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” — Michael N. Castle
- “But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.” — Nick Lampson
- “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.” — George Orwell
For all those who have served, Happy Veterans Day! God Bless!
Are you looking for quotes for November? Write November quotes in posts, cards, or print to hang on your wall.
- “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” – J.K. Rowling
- “There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “November comes and November goes. With the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early and dawn coming late, and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate. The fires burn and the kettles sing, and earth sinks to rest until next spring.” – Clyde Watson
- “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the wood for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” – L.M. Montgomery
- “So dull and dark are the November days. The lazy mist high up the evening curled, and now the morn quite hides in the smoke and haze; the place we occupy seems all the world.” – John Clare
- “October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “The house was very quiet, and the fog we are in November now pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.” – E.M. Forster
- “November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground.” – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann
- “Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.” ― Gregory F. Lenz
- “November at its best – with a sort of delightful menace in the air.” – Anne Bosworth Greene
- “Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving.” – Charmaine J Forde
- “The river this November afternoon rests in an equipoise of sun and cloud. A glooming light, a gleaming darkness shroud. Its passage. All seems tranquil, all in tune.” – Cecil Day-Lewis
- “Wind warns November’s done with. The blown leaves make bat-shapes, Web-winged and furious.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul, I shall recall the memory of warm, sunny, late summer afternoons like this one, and be comforted greatly.” – Peggy Toney Horton
- “In November you begin to know how long the winter will be.” – Martha Gellhorn
- “November: The last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take a risk and do the unexpected.” – Unknown
- “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson
- “In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” – Cynthia Rylant
- “November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out that she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it. This year is growing old gracefully…just like a stately old lady who knows she can be charming even with gray hair and wrinkles. We’ve had lovely days and delicious twilights.” – L.M. Montgomery
- “Peering from some high window, at the gold of November sunset and feeling that if day has to become night, this is a beautiful way.” – E.E. Cummings
- “November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.” – Sir Walter Scott
- “Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moon rise.” – Gladys Taber
- “In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” – Cynthia Rylant
- “When shriek’d the bleak November winds, and smote the woods, and the brown fields were herbless, and the shades. That met above the merry rivulet, were spoil’d, I sought, I loved them still, they seem’d like old companions in adversity.” – William Cullen Bryant
- “November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively. – Louisa May Alcott
- “November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.” – Anne Bosworth Greene
Happy November! Enjoy your month!
Are you ready for a new list of journal writing prompts for November? Whether you have been keeping a journal for years or just starting, writing is a wonderful creative outlet.
- How did October go for you, your family, work, school, etc.?
- What area of your life would you like to concentrate on the most in November? Why?
- What do you hope to accomplish in the last two months of 2021? List 5 reasonable goals.
- What does your dream life look like? Go into elaborate details.
- What activity gives you peace? Why?
- What challenge or obstacle are you currently facing? What are you doing to overcome it?
- How does daylight savings time effect you?
- What is one thing you need to do now that your future self will appreciate?
- Make a list of 5 things that are keeping you from being completely happy. Next write how you remove these obstacles to achieve your happiness.
- Free write for at least 20 minutes.
- If you could relive any moment from your life, what one would you pick? Why?
- What was your favorite meal as a child? Do you still like that food? Why?
- What would you do if time and money were not an obstacle? Go into details.
- What is your biggest insecurity? Why?
- Describe your idea of a perfect day. Go into details.
- Write about a dream that you can remember in vivid detail. What do you think the dream means?
- Describe your day from the time you wake up until you began to write in your journal.
- What was your favorite book from your childhood? Why?
- How do you like to spend a cold, rainy day? Why?
- What is your guilty pleasure? A food? A television program? A book series? Why do you like this activity?
- Make a list of the people who make your daily life better.
- If someone is researching your family tree 100 hundred years from now, how do you hope to be remembered?
- Write 5 things that you are good at doing.
- Is there a person in your life present or past that you need to forgive for your own well-being? Write about the situation.
- Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!
- What is one negative thought that you cannot seem to rid from your mind? Why?
- What steps do you need to take for better self-care?
- What moment brought you joy today? Why?
- What makes you feel safe? Why?
- What is your top priority for the upcoming month?
Are you ready for November photo prompts? Grab your camera, snap some photos, print your favorites, frame, and hang on your wall.
- Someone You Love
- Black and White
- Bright Colors
- Morning Sky
- Evening Sky
- Childhood Memory
- Macro Photography
- Happy Thanksgiving! Document your day.
- What you smile.
- Photographer’s Choice
Writing in a journal eases daily stress, promotes creativity, and improves your writing skills. Take 10 or 15 minutes out of your day to write a few lines. If you need some inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for November.
- How did October go for you? Your family? Your work? Or your school
- What do you hope to accomplish this month? And for the rest of 2020?
- Election Day! (USA) Did you vote? Why or why not? Did the election turn out the way you wanted?
- What is your current situation with the pandemic? Describe.
- How do you measure success for yourself? Your family? Your career?
- Write about a personal experience that no one else knows about.
- What aspect of your life feels overwhelming right now? Why? What are you doing to alleviate stress and stay positive?
- Did something or someone make you smile or laugh today? Describe in great detail.
- Set the alarm and free-write for 10 minutes. Write down anything that comes to mind.
- If you could go anywhere or do anything right now, what would it be? Why?
- Make a list of positive ways you have changed over the last year, five years, or ten years.
- What major life decision brings you the most joy when you think about it?
- Describe your current weather from the point of view of an animal.
- Write down the best piece of advice that someone gave you? Why was this so important? How did it affect your life?
- What were you doing at 11 am and 3 pm? Provide details.
- Describe in detail your current view. Remember to use your senses.
- Write down a minimum of ten things you like about yourself.
- Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
- Do you have comfort food for the colder weather? What is it? Why does this provide comfort?
- Do you have a friend who is always there for you? Write that person a letter giving thanks for his or her friendship.
- When the weather is cold, rainy, or snowy, how do you like to spend your time?
- What Thanksgiving traditions did you have growing up? Do you still practice them?
- What are you most thankful for this November?
- What is your best childhood memory of Thanksgiving?
- What are your plans for the Thanksgiving weekend?
- Happy Thanksgiving! (USA) How did your day go?
- Do you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal? What do you cook or bake with your leftovers? Or do you just eat them?
- Now that Thanksgiving is over, what do you need to do to get ready for the Christmas season?
- Have you started your Christmas shopping? Why or why not?
- What are you looking forward to in December?
In the northern parts of the states, November brings colder temperatures and the season’s first snowfall. Of course, Thanksgiving, a holiday to give thanks, is at the end of the month. But every day is a perfect time to take photos. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for November.
- Black and white
- Current view
- 3 pm
- Harvest or bounty
- Happy Thanksgiving! (USA)
- Sunset or sunrise
- Warm Beverage
November is about recognizing the positive attributes happening in your life right now. Showing gratitude about your daily life is good for your well-being. Are you looking for ways to give thanks? Consider reaching out to someone in need or volunteering. If you need inspiration, check out the following list.
- Donate groceries to a food bank
- Volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue.
- Buy a coffee or hot chocolate for your co-workers
- Give flowers to your child’s teacher
- Cook a meal for a family going through a rough time
- Leave a tip above the standard rate
- Donate your gently used clothes to a women’s shelter (personal hygiene products are also a welcomed donation)
- Offer to drive an elderly person around to run errands or go to a doctor’s appointment
- Leave a positive review on social media about your recent restaurant visit. Give your waiter or waitress some positive feedback.
- Engage in a kind gesture. Hold the door open for someone. Or allow a person with a single item check out ahead of you and your cartload of groceries.
- At the drive-thru, pay for the next person’s order
- Write a thank you card to your favorite teacher.
- Volunteer at a nursing home.
- Take a bag of groceries to a relative or person in need.
- Volunteer or donate money to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
- Volunteer to babysit
- Tape quarters inside of a dryer’s lid at the public laundry mat
- Tape quarters to a vending machine
- Donate toys for the holiday season
Finding small ways to give thanks may have a significant impact on another’s person day.
For many, November marks the start of the holiday season. Take some time out of each day to write in your journal. Quiet moments are perfect for your emotional well-being.
Journal Writing Prompts for November
- What would you like to accomplish during November? What steps do you need to take to achieve your goal?
- What does the month of November mean to you?
- Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? What steps do you need to take to prepare for the holiday?
- When the season changes to cold, snowy, or rainy weather, what do you like to do? Why?
- List the top 20 things in your life that make you grateful.
- Describe your current mood. Why do you feel this way?
- What made you smile or laugh today?
- What is your interpretation of gratitude?
- If you could write a mission statement about your life, what would it be? Why?
- How do you plan to celebrate Veteran’s Day tomorrow? Go to a parade? Or other types of community events?
- Happy Veteran’s Day! Do you know a veteran? Is the veteran a member of your family or a friend? What branch did he or she serve?
- What happened today at noon? 4 pm? 6 pm? 8 pm? 10 pm?
- 13 Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? If you could enter any type of float in the parade, what would you design? Why?
- Write 5 ways you engage in self-care?
- If you could invite any person who is living or dead to your Thanksgiving meal, who would you invite? Why?
- What is your favorite quote from a television show, book, or movie? Why do you like this quote?
- Write a critique of the last movie or television show you watched?
- What does your school, work, home, or other schedule look like this week? Are you in for a busy week? What steps can you take to ease the stress of your schedule?
- Do you have difficulty expressing your feelings to your family? Friends? Co-workers? Why or why not?
- How do you inspire gratitude in yourself, your family, or others?
- Who do you have in your life currently who you most thankful for at this moment? Why?
- List 5 things you do well. List 5 things you would like to improve.
- Is there a project or goal you would like to finish in the last two months of 2019? What do you need to accomplish this goal?
- Are you going to participate in Black Friday? Why or why not?
- Describe in detail your typical childhood Thanksgiving? What is your first memory of Thanksgiving?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? What is this one so important to you?
- Are you ready for your Thanksgiving? How do you think tomorrow will go?
- Happy Thanksgiving! How did your holiday go? Did everything go as planned? What was your favorite memory?
- Do you have leftovers? What do you make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover?
- What are you looking forward to next month?
Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month? Do you want to encourage your children, teen or yourself to be a better writer? The best way to learn to write is simply to start writing. Every person has a story to tell. Encouragement to start your love affair with writing is within yourself.
Tips to Release your or your Child’s Inner Writer
Make time to write. The statement may seem simple. But reality can make finding writing time extremely difficult. Work, school and other commitments mean full schedules to take up your time to enjoy a creative outlet. Consider devoting at least 20 minutes a day to your writing. For your children, set up a time before the bedtime routine. The quiet reflective time can help your child or yourself relax after a long day.
2. Your Own Space
For many inspiring writers, a dedicated writing space is necessary. A well-supplied desk can be an outlet for hours of writing. Other inspiriting writers can do their craft anywhere.
3. Writing Tools
- Journals: Journals are a great way to encourage writing in your children and yourself. Older children especially teens may find journal writing a great way to express emotions. Even younger children can tell stories for you to write down. Looking back on past entries, the best part of journal writing is the memories.
- Notebooks: Spiral notebooks are an inexpensive resource. Encourage story writing even short entries may be a start to larger creative endeavors.
- Pens and Pencils: Using different writing instruments can be a valuable part of the creative process. Often, writing longhand is inspirational to your creative process.
- Gel Pens and Markers: Another creative instrument is colored gel pens and markers.
- Storage Space: Create a storage area for your writing. A cabinet, bookshelf, or a storage bin are perfect ways to keep your writing or children’s writing in one place.
4. Outside Influences
Exposing your children or yourself to new experiences creates inspiration. Depending on your personal interests and the age of your children, find appropriate local community events. Use the experience to write in journals or create short stories.
- Poetry Night: Exposure to other people’s musings may inspire you to write.
- Author Readings: Attending author oriented events allows you to connect with others in the field.
- Open Mic: Poetry, readings, songs and other creative endeavors are generally part of an open mic night.
- Library Events: Check with your local library for events. Many host story hours, reading clubs, children and teen events. Getting a library card
- Field Trips: Schedule times to try something new. Go to a museum, art gallery, or other events outside of your regular routine.
- Community Events: Networking in the community allows you to meet new people. Observing others in different social settings may result in the perfect character for your writing.
5. Write Others
Practicing writing does not have to be formal. Writing others the old fashion way or snail mail allows you to concentrate on the words. You can outline stories of your day. If you do not know who to write, consider:
- Pen pals
- Grandparents/Older Relatives
- Nursing Home
6. Conferences, Seminars, and Writing Organizations
Formal education allows you to expand your skill set.
Writing is a great creative endeavor. Children can learn to test their imagination by storytelling. Teens can use writing as a tool to express emotions. Creativity inspired outlets have long-lasting benefits. From school to work, using your imagination may inspire unique ways to approach a problem or project. And, who knows maybe your writing will result in a published novel.