Veterans Day Cartoons to Give a Patriotic Glow to Even the Dimmest Editor

I run a syndicate,, that distributes political cartoons to newspapers, and every year at this time we hear from editors complaining that there are few or no Veterans Day cartoons.

Cartoon by Milt Priggee.
Cartoon by Milt Priggee.

I run a syndicate,, that distributes political cartoons to newspapers, and every year at this time we hear from editors complaining that there are few or no Veterans Day cartoons.

Some editors think of editorial cartoons as nothing more than little, topical jokes — this is troubling to political cartoonists who want to draw cartoons about solemn topics and bring a tear to the reader’s eye.

Unfortunately, editors for some of the biggest, most influential publications treat editorial cartoons as trivial jokes; a good example is Newsweek magazine, which likes to reprint cartoons that are like Jay Leno jokes, about a topic in the news but conveying no opinion that anyone would disagree with. Jay Leno jokes about the news all the time, and I have no idea what his personal opinions are.

Another wretched publication that diminishes editorial cartoons is The New York Times, which prints a weekly round-up of insipid cartoons under the title “Laugh Lines.” Don’t expect to see any thoughtful Veterans Day cartoons under the title “Laugh Lines.”

So, if a cartoonist wants to get his cartoons reprinted in The New York Times, Newsweek or some other big, national publication that likes funny, trivial jokes, he won’t be drawing any Veterans Day cartoons.

I have gathered a batch of some of my favorite Veterans Day cartoons from cartoonists who don’t care what New York Times and Newsweek editors think. These cartoons will bring a patriotic glow to even the dimmest editor as the cartoonists express their appreciation to our veterans.

Cartoon by Cam Cardow
Cartoon by Cam Cardow
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Cam Cardow.
Cartoon by Cam Cardow.
Cartoon by Thomas Tab Boldt.
Cartoon by Thomas "Tab" Boldt.
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Jeff Parker.
Cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies.
Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies.
Cartoon by J.D. Crowe.
Cartoon by J.D. Crowe.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

42 replies on “Veterans Day Cartoons to Give a Patriotic Glow to Even the Dimmest Editor”

I like Priggee too, most of the time.

Thanks, Daryl, for including work from cartoonists with varying points of view.

Just remember……only two people who ever walked this Earth have offered to lay downtheir lives for your freedom. They are Jesus and the American Soldier

Cartoonists are poets with squiggles. They cut to the essence, pinpoint the truth and paint it in a panorama available to all who would see. Editors have a problem reducing either poetry or cartoons to the rule of 5 and 1. But if only 1 in 5 survives, we are the better race for it, and that includes the occasional over-the-top, beyond the pale Priggee contribution. Keep trusting the public, Daryl; we can take it. Honest. We can.

Your “toon” made me looking for my old set of “dog tags.” Yep, still have them. Not really a badge of honor, but were meant for indentifying the wounded and the dead. For the dead, the small chain and a tag were looped around the right side big toe. The other tag, still looped around the neck, was wedged between the upper and lower teeth (reason the tags are notched) to keep the mouth open and allow gasses to escape (reducing body bloat). Morbid I know, but that was their intended purpose. The badge of honor is the silent knowledge that one served when called—even when answering the call meant leaving family and a comfortable life and witnessing the most horrible acts one person can do to another, sometimes over and over. If you never served, be very thankful, but also appreciate what those who have served did for you.

It takes no backbone to put out a cliche Thank our Troops cartoon; Priggee shows courage in openly showing the real tragic face of war. It's disgusting? No, war is disgusting; war-mongering is despicable, and glorifying the military is dangerous. Jesus did not die for our freedom to war; he taught us to love our neighbor, to promote peace. Quit using religion to advance mass murder.

Show the truth of war and few will celebrate it. Sanitize war and enable the promoters of war (this includes the chicken hawks, the military-industrial complex, and the idiots who follow them thinking that being pro-war is patriotic. ) The truth of war IS disgusting. thank you Priggee for showing this without false sentiment or patriotic bravado.

I celebrate the great heroes of peace: Buddha, Jesus, Ghandi, Thoreau, Tolstoi, Martin Luther King, Dennis Kucinich, et al.

And why just support American troops, misused for evil military adventures in recent decades? Why not support all troops of all nations? Do you think your God looks favorably on certain nations, certain soldiers? Do you think your God favors certain religions, certain dogmas? If there were a God (and there is no evidence for this concept…only faith, believing because it is absurd ((if it were not, it would be knowledge)))? Do you think your God is on your side? If so, you are no different than the Islamic extremists? Cheap patriotism revels in glorifying our military adventures, despite the fact that the real concern for our veterans is that they not be misused for political or economic reasons . And don't accuse me of blaming America first: I blame our leaders, the spineless press, and the propagandists of AM radio for our recent decline into savagery. the American people turned against the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. Support the American people!

We ethical atheists are tired of having to carry the burden of Jesus's teachings of love and peace.
Of course, the "religious:" folks will flame us for our celebration of love and peace. That is the ugly irony of history–that religions based on compassion are used to promote mass murder.

Flame on!

Genesis 47:13-27

I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia a
hug and a high five. This guy is obviously a leader and not one of the sheep.
Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is….. It is amazing to see
that very little has changed in 4,000 years..

Good morning, brothers and sisters; it's always a delight to see the pews
crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God's Word. Turn with me
in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we'll begin our reading
at verse 13, and go through verse 27.

Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us?

Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray… So we see that economic hard
times fell upon Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to
deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed
the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their
money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly
in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were
hungry again. So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their
livestock -their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to
barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that

But the famine wasn't over, was it? So the next year, the people came before
Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own
lives. "There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our
land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and
our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh." So they
surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh's
government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard
times only leads to slavery? Yes. That the only reason government wants to be
our provider is to also become our master? Yes.

But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! "Thus Israel settled in the
land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and
were fruitful and multiplied greatly." God provided for His people, just as
He always has! They didn't end up giving all their possessions to government, no,
it says they gained possessions! But I also tell you a great truth today, and
an ominous one.

We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to "share
the wealth"once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants
to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and
ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides
who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it
willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did
four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our

What Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh's
government did then, and it will end the same.. And a lot of people like to call
Mr. Obama a "Messiah," don't they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn't the
Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, "You have saved our lives;
may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh."?

Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and
Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character
from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh.

Bow with me in prayer, if you will..

Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone.
We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be.
We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people
of what a ruler would do, where it says, "And in that day you will cry out because
of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not
answer you in that day." And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry
out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation.
Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance
from those who would be our masters.

Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from
the atrocities of Pharaoh's government. In God We Trust…

Dale…Perhaps part of what you complain about is warfare as a 'rite of passage' for young males. In less 'advanced' societies, young males would be expected to achieve a certain minimal level of warrior-like achievement before they were married or treated as adults. Killing/defeating an 'enemy' was sort of the gold standard for such behavior (aka 'counting coup'). As late as the Vietnam War, thousands of Canadians came south to get in on the war as Canada, herself, had nothing similar going on. I suspect warfare, in one guise or another (NBA, NFL, NHL, Crusades, etc.) is simply part of human nature, irrespective of religion.

Rob's crazy sermon is a good example of how religion is used to promote the most absurd ideas.
America 2009 is a bit different from Egypt back then. As I recall, the Pharaoh used religion to justify his rule. Without religion (John Lennon: imagine no religion…..and we all are brothers), all we have is reason and logic and compassion to guide us. Godspeed!

The only people who call Obama a messiah are the wingnuts asserting that liberals see him as the savior. Liberals, radicals, democrats….do not see him as a messiah but as an intelligent, thoughtful, well-informed leader with the potential to shift the paradigm from war to peace, greed to shared prosperity. The strawman invented by the far Right exists to ridicule the Left. Obama knows the truth: he is getting hit hard by the Left for his policies on banking, Afghanistan, and healthcare. If the Right were capable of reading the discourse on the Left (see the Nation), they would understand that Obama is being criticized very robustly, not worshipped. But the truth is inconvenient…so it is better to pretend that
Obama is seen as a Messiah and is just like the Pharaoh–this is just balderdash!!! Non-sense, faith-based bullshit. Give me a break!

Hats off to all veterans, and my eternal gratitude for making us safe and free.

And a Shame on all politicians who have sought to block the right to vote of soldiers who are on active duty in the last three presidential elections, you know who you are, scum

Glen…..I appreciate your critique. My take is that we have the capacity for good or evil. We also have free choice. Let us choose good. War is not good; religion is always used to enable war. Human nature cannot be defined as fixed, as essentialists believe. The existential response is that we create our nature out of our history and out of our choices. A rational philosophy of compassion and cooperation is as possible as the traditional default aggression model of human nature.

And I am not complaining….I am trying to bring light. To say that war is evil is not a complaint; it is a description. Without acknowledging the reality of war, we cannot make the choice to end it, to choose the better angels of our nature. People can choose evil without religion, but it sure helps to have a non-rational beyond-debate concept to justify evil. Marx called religion the heart of a heartless society (capitalism). If we put the heart back into society—healthcare for all does just that, for example–we will not need religion, which so easily is bent to evil purposes, according to all recorded history. There are thousands of wars fought for religion; 9/11 was a religious act…………….when has religion ever stopped a war?

We can do better. All we need is love (Jesus/the Beatles).

Earnie…………calling people scum? If that is your level of argument, I counter at your level with the following: you are scum. scum scum scum scum scum scum scum…say it some more… makes you feel better. Perhaps it is a form of detoxification, like puking on someone else. scum scum scum. And are those Supreme Court justices who voted in Bush in 2000 also scum for disallowing the counting of all votes in Florida, or the Republican Party for purging legitimate voters? The trouble with scum-arguing is that it cuts both ways.

I appreciate your satire. Keep it up.

It's not that GOD is on our side, but we should be on GOD's side. HE gave us HIS word for us to follow. There are men and women who think there are some causes worth dying for. This is the day that those of us that are proud of their sacrifice, honor them. Those that only care about their self-centered, brainwashed, sorry small-minded selves would do well to sit down and be quiet. Someday, there might be a need for some brave soul to come to their rescue.
Thank you for giving your service, time, and brave lives, Veterans. A great many of us are very grateful. And GOD sees.

Dale said: "If we put the heart back into society—healthcare for all does just that, for example–we will not need religion, which so easily is bent to evil purposes, according to all recorded history."

Rob askes Dale: The government healthcare program for our own soldiers and veterans has been less than desirable. What makes you think that the goverment "healthcare for all" will be any better for the rest of America?

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

From "For the Fallen"
by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943)

rev corley
your narrow view has lead you to forget a large number of people who have done just that, jesus not among them. he did not go willingly. he was lead off to execution just like all roman prisoners.his followers were the ones who writing their slanted version of history were the ones who pushed him into prominence. but there were many more not in the american armed forces who have died for all of us. easily forgetting the police types and the firemen is rather crass, but there are even far more than that, and i believe a little reflection on your part, avoiding your religious bent and thinking much more broadly, might be fruitful. you might remember the folks who gave us the magna carta or the english common law system or, well one could go on and on but were you to sit and contemplate now, you would sart remebering them by the tens of thousands.

Let us all work for the day when we stop making more Veterans. Thank You to those who have served.

That is a crazy sermon….right in the middle of a anti government roll it reminds you that "GOD will provide for his people" ….and has. So out of all that you only use the negative parts to make your point. Talk about taking things out of context.
I live in a military town and see our troops first hand every single time I go out. These are children….babies….young men that are 18….19 ….20…etc. They are strong intelligent looking young men… can not help but be proud of them. Just dont forget that we are sending our children out to protect us.

Rob. With all its defects, the health care systems enjoyed by servicemen/women and veterans are significantly superior to the average. Also, less expensive. Hmmm! Perhaps we should consider a similar system for the rest of Americans? There is a novel thought.

Dale, is there no end to your ranting? Honoring veterans who have given their lives in service to our country is the highest of honor.

Do you really believe that Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus, and Dennis Kucinich (Dennis Kucinich?) could have defeated Hitler?

But Dale, when you express your opinions, thank a veteran for making it possible. That's what makes America great.

"Scum", er, I mean Dale is back at it. He's the "ethical atheist", whatever in hell that means. His rant above reveals the fact he is a flower child, who hogs this site on a daily basis with his naive drivel about love and peace. Wouldn't doubt he still sports a pony tail and drives a VW beetle. Dale believes religion can be bent for evil purposes. True, just listen to Obumble's mentor Jeremiah Wright. Most anything can be bent for evil purposes. Just remove mankind from Earth, bending for evil purposes will be eliminated and everything will be copasetic. Talk about bending something for evil purposes…how about Pelosi's health care catastrophe? Now that's evil. God bless our Veterans! Note that gentle Dale doesn't write his sermons in German or Japanese!!!!!!!!!!

Veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care programs have long complained of receiving inadequate treatment at poorly funded facilities. According to a 2003 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, veterans were forced to travel long distances to receive care — about 25 percent of the vets lived more than a 60-minute drive from a VA hospital. They also had to endure long waits for appointments, especially in regions like Florida, home to a large number of aging veterans. Nursing homes for veterans were notoriously understaffed, making it difficult to keep up with the increasing population of older vets who need care. But the strains imposed by new veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan exposed a whole new litany of problems for the VA and the military. Citizens and lawmakers were outraged after The Washington Post exposed dismal conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007. Several high-ranking Defense Department officials were fired or stepped down under pressure, and stories soon emerged about other medical facilities where veterans were placed in rooms teeming with fruit flies, slept on broken hospital beds or faced unprofessional staff. A subsequent investigation of 1,400 hospitals and other facilities for vets found more than 1,000 incidents of substandard conditions. The VA has also struggled to deal with the many young veterans complaining of mental health problems, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatment for PTSD was found to be inadequate in 2005, when only half of VA medical centers had a PTSD clinical team. Congressional testimony indicated that VA examiners felt pressure to conduct exams of veterans in as little as 20 minutes. The larger problem is that the VA’s patient workload has nearly doubled in the past 10 years; there are now 7.8 million enrollees in the VA health system. The VA “has faced difficulties in managing its resources” in the face of this rising workload, concluded the GAO. While the agency has dealt with challenges in recruiting and retaining health care professionals, it has also encountered problems in its internal budget process, the GAO found. Those issues have been exacerbated by an often-unpredictable Congressional appropriations process, which has frequently been late in delivering a finalized VA budget. The result is considerable confusion and inconsistency in the timely delivery and quality of care. A VA spokesman did not respond to a request for comment, but Gerald M. Cross, acting principal deputy under the secretary of health, told Congress in 2007 that the department is committed to “providing timely, high-quality health care to those who have helped defend and preserve freedom around the world.”

Thanks for sharing and caring. As a retired Sailor – I salute you in your effort to remember the ones that serve.


Mel Harris
TMC USN Retired.

Rob….deficiencies, backlogs, and so forth have always existed in VA Health Care. Private health care also has a lot of problems, including high costs (effectively the real "death panels" within our system). However, the 40 million Americans who lack insurance have only emergency rooms. Things are good or bad only by comparison.

I’m guessing many editors think Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day cartoons have been done to death…  

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