The Best Veterans Day Poems – A Tribute To All Great Heroes

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We have selected the best Veterans Days poems that honor the sacrifice from the fallen soldiers.

Veterans Day is an official holiday, commemorated annually, on November 11, honoring military people  who served in the United States Armed Forces. On the first Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen, in which he expressed his feelings about what this day meant to all Americans and in recognition to this, nowadays, we celebrate Veterans Day. This day is important to people who recognize and honor those that have served their country in the armed forces. If you feel the same, you have come to the right place to get the best Veterans Day poems you can find.

A great way to honor this day is to go through the most famous Veterans Day poems, which will make you more appreciative and respect those who were willing to serve and give their lives for the country.

Here are some short Veterans Day poems from various thankful authors:


Best foot forward by Anna-Marie Docherty

“Front-line in depth of mortar

Whistling shells and screams of torture

Blood clott gurgles death bell tolls

Hell of pain in body enthralls

Danger rings apprehension stalls.”


Nothing to Lose by Peter Thomas

“Broken, Cold, Empty, Devoid of hope, these are the forgotten generation

These are the few who stood up, 

The young that fell for such a cause

Lost, scarred, unremembered, these boys sent with hope of glory

Learn instead what it costs, to die a nameless death

Over they go with nothing to lose, Over they fall with nothing to lose

Over they die with nothing to lose”


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A Nation’s Strength by Walt Whitman

“Not gold, but only man can make

A people great and strong;

Men who, for truth and honor’s sake,

Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,

Who dare while others fly —

They build a nation’s pillars deep

And lift them to the sky.”


Veterans Day by Cheryl Dyson

“On Veterans Day we honor all,

Who answered to a service call.

Soldiers young, and soldiers old,

Fought for freedom, brave and bold.

Some have lived, while others died,

And all of them deserve our pride.

We’re proud of all the soldiers who,

Kept thinking of red, white and blue.

They fought for us and all our rights,

They fought through many days and nights.

And though we may not know each name,

We thank ALL veterans just the same.”


American is This Hero by Roger J. Robicheau

“In uniform standing tall

Ready, willing, and able

To march, the will to face all

The proudest of our service

Steadfastly meeting each call

The bravest of our country

As were those upon The Wall

Displaying awesome courage

A treasure you cannot install

Filled with total commitment

To serve us for the long haul

America know this Hero

Thank God and always recall.”


A Classic and Short Veterans Day Poem:

“There are not words big enough, there is not a hug strong enough

There is not a smile wide enough, All I can offer is thank you.

You are my hero, You are in my thoughts

You are in my prayers, For all you’ve done, thank you.”


War Is Kind by Stephen Crane

“Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.

Because your father tumbles in the yellow trenches,

Raged at his breast, gulped and died,

Do not weep.

War is kind.”


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

“I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,

And the white skeletons of young men—I saw them;

I saw the debris and debris of all the dead soldiers of the war;

But I saw they were not as was thought;

They themselves were fully at rest—they suffer’d not;

The living remain’d and suffer’d—the mother suffer’d,

And the wife and the child, and the musing comrade suffer’d,

And the armies that remain’d suffer’d.”


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The Things That Make a Soldier Great by Edgar Guest

“Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run,

You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.

What is it through the battle smoke the valiant soldier sees?”


In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.”


Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

“But the past is just the same — and War’s a bloody game…

Have you forgotten yet?…

Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.”


The Eleventh Hour – Lest We Forget

“At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day

Of the eleventh month

We stand for two minutes of silence

To honour our fallen, our daughters and sons.

They went off to war, to places unknown, they knew not what they’d face

They knew not if they’d return

But they went bravely, to keep our home safe.

Please bow your head for two minutes

For those men and women so brave

It’s only two minutes for them on this day

But it’s their whole lives for us that they gave.”


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Secret Respect – By Joanna Fuchs

“There’s not a Fascist in the USA

Who doesn’t, in their true heart, say

I’m thankful for those who serve and fight,

So I can peacefully sleep at night.

No partisan politics can keep away

The gratitude I feel, but cannot say

To veterans who kept America secured,

With all the hardships they endured.

Away from family, friends and more,

They knew what they were working for:

Keeping freedom really free

For the right, the middle, and even me.

Veterans, you have my deep respect,

Even if it isn’t politically correct.”


Secret Respect By Joanna Fuchs

“There’s not a Fascist in the USA

Who doesn’t, in their true heart, say

I’m thankful for those who serve and fight,

So I can peacefully sleep at night.

No partisan politics can keep away

The gratitude I feel, but cannot say

To veterans who kept America secured,

With all the hardships they endured.

Away from family, friends and more,

They knew what they were working for:

Keeping freedom really free

For the right, the middle, and even me.

Veterans, you have my deep respect,

Even if it isn’t politically correct.”


Bless Them Abundantly By Joanna Fuchs

“Dear Lord,

Today we honor our veterans,

worthy men and women

who gave their best

when they were called upon

to serve and protect their country.

We pray that you will bless them, Lord,

for their unselfish service

in the continual struggle

to preserve our freedoms, our safety,

and our country’s heritage, for all of us.

Bless them abundantly

for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made,

for their many different contributions

to America’s victories

over tyranny and oppression.

We respect them, we thank them,

we honor them, we are proud of them,

and we pray that you will watch over

these special people

and bless them with peace and happiness.

In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.”


Protecting Us By Joanna Fuchs

“While we were home on our comfortable sofas,

Munching and watching TV,

Our veterans were fighting our battles,

In situations we’d certainly flee.

Whatever would keep us all safe

Is what they were called to do,

Rough duties of every kind

Protecting us: me and you.

So when you see Vets, please thank them

For their service and sacrifice.

Be aware, and always remember

For us, they paid a price.”


I Have a Rendezvous With Death By Alan Seeger

“I have a rendezvous with Death

At some disputed barricade,

When Spring comes back with rustling shade,

And apple-blossoms fill the air-

I have a rendezvous with Death

When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand

And lead me into his dark land

And close my eyes and quench my breath–

It may be I shall pass him still.

I have a rendezvous with Death

On some scarred slope of battered hill,

When Spring comes round again this year

And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows ’twere better to be deep

Pillowed in silk and scented down,

Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,

Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,

Where hushed awakenings are dear…

But I’ve a rendezvous with Death

At midnight in some flaming town,

When Spring trips north again this year,

And to my pledged word am true,

I shall not fail that rendezvous.”


Still A Soldier by Timothy Emmons

“I lay here today a soldier, I know some don’t understand

I will try to explain

So maybe you can

I served my country

For many a year

I retired long ago

The soldier still here

I put on my uniform

I wore it to foreign lands

The soldier I was

Is still in the man

I have been a husband, father, and friend

To some of you here

But I’ve been a soldier all along

Even after so many a year

My final salute

I render today

I’m still a soldier

I’m just on my way.”


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Freedom in America By Joanna Fuchs

“Freedom in America

Isn’t really free;

We often pay a price

To keep our liberty.

Remember those we loved,

Who fought for us, and died;

And those we never knew

For whom others mourned and cried.

At home our “war” for freedom

Is sadly overdue;

We’ve let corruption stage

A sad and grievous coup.

No longer can we brush off

Dishonesty and greed,

Lust for wealth and power;

We can’t, we won’t concede.

Complacency is weakness

Patriots can’t afford;

We have to act on wrongs

That cannot be ignored.

We must give up some time,

Spent on other pleasures,

To restore America’s freedom,

To keep America’s treasures.

Money spent on trifles

Must now go to our cause:

Get rid of the offenders,

Constitutional outlaws.

Freedom in America

Isn’t really free

It’s up to American patriots;

It’s up to you and me.”


Honor Our Military By Joanna Fuchs

“Let’s honor our military,

The men and women who serve,

Whose dedication to our country

Does not falter, halt or swerve.

Let’s respect them for their courage;

They’re ready to do what’s right

To keep America safe,

So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,

Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,

Whose discipline we can’t imagine,

Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warriors

And their helpers good and true;

They’re fighting for American values;

They’re fighting for me and you.”


They Did Their Share By Joanna Fuchs

“On Veteran’s Day we honor

Soldiers who protect our nation.

For their service as our warriors,

They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;

Some were volunteers;

For some it was just yesterday;

For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,

On land or on the sea,

They did whatever was assigned

To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.

They defended us everywhere.

Some saw combat; some rode a desk;

All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,

For low pay and little glory,

These soldiers gave up normal lives,

For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;

Don’t let politics get in the way.

Without them, freedom would have died;

What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,

Who kept us safe from terror,

So when we see a uniform,

Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.”


I Miss You By Joanna Fuchs

“I miss you in the morning,  I miss you late at night,

But I know what you are doing

Is good and just and right.

You’re always in my thoughts;

I hope that you can see

I’m proud of you for serving

Our country, God, and me.

And when you’re home again

I won’t miss you anymore,

But I’ll always admire your courage

For fighting in this war.”