Memorial Day Poems

Memorial Day Poems

Poems for Memorial Day

Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives and blood of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.

17 Patriotic Poems for Memorial Day

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  1. 1. But You Didn't

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    • By Merrill Glass

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    Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
    I thought you'd kill me...
    But you didn't.

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    This poem truly moved me. I am waiting for my husband to come home from hospital. He has been there for four weeks now and is still in intensive care. He was admitted with sepsis, and so much...

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  3. 2. The Fallen


    • By Randall W. West
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 13, 2022 with permission of the Author.

    Fragile is a single life the brave so freely give.
    Bound for immortality, their souls will surely live.
    Death, don't be proud for what you took, they freely gave away.
    Their quest for freedom far outweighed the fear that you convey.

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  5. 3. A Mother's Tear

    • By Amy Peterson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

    There's more to the story,
    than what just appears.
    A war written story,
    from blood and from tears.

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    Definitely it has touched my heart. Not mine, but on each reader's minds, this poem has created a very emotional ache. It is about freedom, fight, love and pain. And this poem describes...

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  6. 4. We Honor You Today

    • By Susan R. Smith
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2017 with permission of the Author.

    To all of our veterans
    Far and near.
    We thank you for your service
    For all those years.

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  7. 5. Remember

    • By Victor C. Kleinschmit
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2016 with permission of the Author.

    Someone's child, left long ago,
    A strange land,
    Someone's foe.

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    I liked this poem. It's short and simple but has emotion.

  8. 6. 1914-1918 War

    • By Laura J Sanders
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2021 with permission of the Author.

    They sacrificed their lives, entered the gates of hell,
    Onward they stumbled, while all around them fell,
    War weary, ragged, faces dirt encrusted, black.
    Impatient for the whistle, ready for attack.

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  9. 7. Like Father Like Son

    • By Douglas Mcguire
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Tyler James was just a baby when his daddy died in Nam.
    He was raised by a sister and a hard working mom.
    He was raised to love his country, and every time he saw the flag
    He thought of his father and how he gave all that he had.

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  10. 8. On This Memorial Day

    • By Emily Toma
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

    Remember those who served before.
    Remember those who are no more.
    Remember those who serve today.
    Remember them as we eat and play.

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  11. 9. I Came To Visit You Today

    • By Shauna Ruud
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2018 with permission of the Author.

    I came to visit you today
    To place this flag next to your grave.
    The sacrifices you have made
    Will forever be indebted this day.

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  12. 10. Somewhere Out There

    • By Dr. Bill McDonald
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

    Somewhere out there today,
    In a land far, far away,
    A soldier rides patrol,
    Knowing not what may unfold.

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    I just wanted to say that this poem definitely fits the occasion! May we never forget the past or the fallen, yet learn from them instead!

  13. 11. Field Of Poppies

    • By Isabelle Hammersley
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2020 with permission of the Author.

    Row upon row the poppies grow,
    Each one a symbol to brave men we will never know.

    They stood before us, they stood up straight,

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  14. 12. To Them We Owe

    • By Don Nielsen
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

    Happened today, and in the past;
    Sacrifice made, for ours to last.

    Wives to widows, families torn;

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  15. 13. Final Salute

    • By Jodi M. Kucera
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 29, 2022 with permission of the Author.

    The honor guard stands sentinel and stiff-backed.
    Their tears silently fall, for their brotherhood was forged in combat.

    One of their own will be laid to rest,

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    Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much. I have put together a manuscript and have submitted to a couple of places where I did get contract offers, but they weren't what I...

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  16. 14. Remember A Soldier Today

    He marches in God's army now but once
    upon a time,
    With valor he fought long and proud
    our freedom on his mind.

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  17. 15. Remember Them

    • By Megan L. Sprigg
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2017 with permission of the Author.

    We will remember them,
    The ones who stood tall,
    Who fought for their country,
    The ones who were willing to fall.

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  18. 16. Lest We Forget

    • By Iola J Zaan
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 15, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    On barren land on western field
    Where only sadness war can yield
    On battle sites where none had grown
    In fact the bravest seeds were sewn

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  19. 17. Memorial Day Poem

    • By Everett C. Goodwin
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2021 with permission of the Author.

    I went to the grave of a fallen soldier
    we will never know of medals he was the holder

    Fighting in air on land and sea

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