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.

20 Patriotic Poems for Memorial Day

  1. 1. A Mother's Tear

    My son went to war.....and there is nothing more helpless to a mother than knowing that her son could be dying without her and far away from all that he knows and loves. I dedicate this poem to my son, Sgt. Daniel L. Pocan, whose heart and soul was left in Iraq fighting with his comrades, may you find peace and freedom, and to all soldiers and their mothers still separated by war.

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

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  3. 2. The Fallen

    As was previously mentioned, I had served in Vietnam. I witnessed firsthand acts of bravery that should not be forgotten. The soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice represent the heart and soul of what our great country had been built upon. Everyone in America should be made aware of what these people have given up.

    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. We Honor You Today

    • By Susan R. Smith
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2017

    I am a published author who loves to use my talents to encourage and inspire! This poem was written to encourage and to honor our US Veterans, active and non-active. I wish to thank them in writing this poem to let them know how much they are appreciated for their sacrifice and time! Men and women who are serving or have served deserve the gratitude today!

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

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  6. 4. Remember

    • By Victor C. Kleinschmit
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2016

    I write poetry from the heart. I find my inspiration from photos on the internet. I'll see a picture that inspires me and then I write down those feelings. This particular poem was inspired after reading In Flanders Fields. I also liked the photo. Hope you enjoy!

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

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  7. 5. But You Didn't

    • By Merrill Glass

    The excellent use of structure and repetition in this powerful poem contribute to the strong emotional reaction many people feel when reading this poem.
    When a loved one doesn't return from war there will be many unresolved feelings. Don't wait to tell the important people in your life how you feel about them, do it right away. You never know if you'll get the chance again.

    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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  8. 6. On This Memorial Day

    • By Emily Toma
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014

    My dad and I were talking about the meaning of Memorial Day. I thought about all the people who gave their lives and left their families. I thought my poem might make a soldier and a veteran know that I care.

    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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    Short Memorial Day Poem, On This Memorial Day

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  9. 7. Somewhere Out There

    • By Dr. Bill McDonald
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014

    As I remember all those fallen for friends, family, and country, I thought about those still on the battlefield. This very day, they are facing hardships and dangers - simply by being on the road or out in the countryside. It is for those riding out there in Afghanistan and Iraq that my thoughts go to. Of course, millions have laid down their lives in the past, and we must remember them while not forgetting those out there and that "keeping free" is an endless vigil.

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

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    Poem About Those Fighting For Freedom, Somewhere Out There

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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!

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  10. 8. I Came To Visit You Today

    • By Shauna Ruud
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2018

    This poem is in memory of my grandfather who fought in WWII.

    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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  11. 9. Remember Them

    • By Megan L. Sprigg
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2017

    This is about the world celebrating Remembrance Day. Two minutes of silence doesn't even begin to describe how much grief the soldier who stood united for the countries of the world went through.

    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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  12. 10. Remember A Soldier Today

    I was asked to write something special for a soldier whose anniversary of death is July 16th. May the world always remember young Nicholas A Taylor. Someone's son, someone's friend, a soul greatly missed.

    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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  13. 11. 1914-1918 War

    This poem is about the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our liberty today.

    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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  14. 12. To The Vietnam War...

    • By Anna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2010

    In class we had to do a poem on the Vietnam war, and my uncle died in the war, so I wondered how he felt. This is what I wrote...I hope you like it.

    Setting off to Vietnam
    Feeling proud, feeling strong
    But then I see the fear in another soldier's eyes
    I should turn around, go home

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    I was totally moved by this poem.....I married August 28, 1966 and my 1st husband of 4 months left for Vietnam December 26, 1966 which was my last time I saw him. I became a widow on...

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  15. 13. Like Father Like Son

    • By Douglas Mcguire
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008

    I wanted to show honor to the men and women who have served our country in the past and present. So my intentions were to tie Vietnam to the current situation. I feel in many families it's a family tradition to serve our great country.

    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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  16. 14. To Them We Owe

    Thoughts I had to remember the fallen lives that have so bravely given up their existence for ours to continue.
    It's a Remembrance Day poem.

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

    Wives to widows, families torn;

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  17. 15. A Letter Home

    This one is for all the veterans of all the wars ever fought. I hope it touches you and makes you proud of their sacrifice.

    I left home at seventeen to fight for King and country,
    I signed up to a hero's welcome and proudly marched away,
    We departed with pride in our hearts, sure we'd be home by Christmas.
    The Hun was an easy catch, at least that's what they told us,

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  18. 16. Do We Remember?

    • By Bernard Via
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014

    Many years ago while sitting in church I started this poem. While on Memorial Day Sunday this last few weeks, the pastor ignored the day, so I started scribbling the poem anew. Flashing back to 1972, I was in college and had registered at 17. In October, the draft came up I was 52 A. In Dec the War in Vietnam came to a close, and I was not called up. This is for the men born before me who did not come back mentally or physically.

    In a bush, in a jungle, a man child hides
    Hoping not to die
    To his mother he cries
    Quiet and still he lies

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  19. 17. Field Of Poppies

    • By Isabelle Hammersley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2020

    This poem is based on remembering those who died in war. I wrote it when I was ten.

    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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  20. 18. Final Salute

    My dad's funeral was the most beautiful I've ever seen. This is the account of that day.

    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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  21. 19. Memorial Day Poem

    • By Everett C. Goodwin
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 18, 2021

    I live at Moosehaven, a retirement community with seventy other veterans, ten from WWII

    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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  22. 20. We Never Forget

    I wrote this on a visit to the American Cemetery and War Memorial in Florence, Italy, on Memorial Day 2001.

    Brothers and sisters at rest
    we never forget
    the gift you give
    we still receive

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