Following are some military retirement toasts and sayings that may be used at parties honoring new veterans. Be inspirational or humorous -- the choice is yours. Just remember to be respectful to the special person who has dedicated years of service for the safety and security of our country.
The party usually follows the official military retirement ceremony.
If you are giving a retirement party for a veteran, work in one or two of these military retirement toasts or sayings to honor the one who has served as a solider, sailor, airman, marine or member of the National Guard or Coast Guard.
Think about the good times and special bonds that veterans share during their military service.
A toast to one
whose service has guaranteed
the freedom we have
to celebrate today.
A toast to John
who has served so that we
may live as we wish
In this land of the free
Today we honor John and treasure his service.
We should always remember that serving one’s country
is the ultimate expression of love
for family, friends and neighbors.
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem.
Freedom isn't free.
Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.
There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It's really great.
-- James Mattis
If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly.
Never share a fox hole with anyone braver than you.
Never trust a private with a loaded weapon or an officer with a map.
Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from the encampment.
--U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861
It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you have just bombed.
-- U.S. Air Force Manual
We make war that we may live in peace.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little while longer.
-- U.S. Navy Seabees
It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden.
It is our job to arrange a face-to-face meeting.
--General H. Norman Schwartzkopf
One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war.
--General George Washington
There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.
We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.
The only easy day was yesterday.
-- Navy Seals
All right. They're on our left. They're on our right. They're in front of us. They're behind us.... They can't get away this time.
They feed the crocodile in the hope that he will eat them last.
--Sir Winston Churchill (referring to appeasers)
To be born free is an accident.
To live free is a privilege.
To die free is a responsibility.
--Brig. Gen. James Sehorn
Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, like John, who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.
--Alternately attributed to Father Dennis Edward O'Brien (USMC) and Charles M. Province (USA)