Veterans Day Poems

Remember - with these Veterans Day Poems. November 11th Veterans Day is the United States. In Canada it is refered to as Remembrance Day. No matter what the day is called it is a day where people stop and remember and give thanks for the men and women who fought in wars to perserve our freedom. May we never forget and may we always express our gratitude and appreciation!

To The Veterans of the United States of America:
Sara Niles, Torn From the Inside Out

"Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom,
thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness,
for freedom of speech (thus my book), and
for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted."
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My Thoughts on Remembrance Day
Poet: Cody Lynch, 2007

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month
We pause at the eleventh hour
Some of us stop to
For soldiers who died or went missing along the way.

Lest we forget the wars that were fought
To give us freedom
So many were shot.

I will always remember
My great Grandpa who died
Rest in peace dear Grandpa
You are always on my mind.

I would love to join the military someday
To give back to my country
And to make my world a better place.

Rest in peace all you soldiers
Who gave up your lives
For people like me
It's a shame that you died.

The above poem, My Thoughts on Remembrance Day, was written by a very special boy! He is 10 years old, and is in Grade 5. He recently wrote this poem and recited during his school assembly. His great Grandfather fought in World War I, and in World War II.

Cody honored his Grandfather's memory by writing this poem about him. His grandfather is now passed away, but his memory lives within Cody. Cody's Grandpa is only one of the many Canadians who fought in the wars so that all of us would have our freedom - men who should be forever remembered and honored.

Thank you Cody for sharing your words of wisdom and for reminding us all how important it is to stop and be thankful for all those who have fought in wars so that we have may all enjoy our freedom. The bravery and risk that these men took will not be forgotten.

Veterans Day Poems
"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument to-day, and for aye." Thomas Dunn English

Another famous poem for verternas, In Flanders Fields, was written by Dr. John McCrae. In April 1915, one of Dr. John McCrae's closest friends and comrades was killed in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium. He was buried in a humble grave with a simple wooden cross. Wild poppies bloomed between the crosses marking the many graves. The next day, unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, Dr. McCrae gave them a voice through this poem.

On January 28, 1918, John McCrae succumbed to pneumonia and meningitis. He died not knowing the outcome of the war, but with a full understanding of the cost of it. Before he died, Dr. McCrae had the satisfaction of knowing that his poem had been a success. Soon after its publication, it became the most popular poem on the First World War. It was translated into many languages and used on billboards advertising the sale of first Victory Loan Bonds in Canada in 1917. In part because of the poem's popularity, the poppy was adopted as the Flower of Remembrance. The symbolic poppy and John McCrae's poems are still linked, and the voices of those who have died in war continue to be heard each Veterans Day, Remembrance Day.

In Flanders Fields
Poet: Dr. 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.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Hot Again
Poet: Ivan Clyde Lake

Do you recall that tranquil night
We walked a while in lunar light,
The long, lone country road ahead,
The talk of brave men helmeted?

Do you recall the prayer we made?
"Dear God: Let not this brightness fade,
But soon, where armines fight and die,
Bring peace like that which rules Your sky."

Now we have lived to see a peace
When dangers mount and fears increae,
And in the veins of jungle-men
The blood of war is hot again.

So now, dear God, we pray anew;
"Your sky today is calm and blue,
And may Your earth beneath accent
The saneness of Your firmament."

A section of Remarks by President John F. Kennedy
Veterans Day National Ceremony, Arlington, Virginia
November 11, 1961

On this Veterans Day of 1961, on this day of remembrance, let us pray in the name of those who have fought in this country's wars, and most especially who have fought in the First World War and in the Second World War, that there will be no veterans of any further war -- not because all shall have perished but because all shall have learned to live together in peace. And to the dead here in this cemetery we say:

They are the race -
they are the race immortal,
Whose beams make broad
the common light of day!
Though Time may dim,
though Death has barred their portal,
These we salute,
which nameless passed away.

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Remembrance Day isn't just about war and those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It's about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served."
Rebecca Zamon

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
Joseph Campbell

"It is fitting that we continue to set aside a day to give thanks to the
God who has brought us through two world wars and other regional conflicts. It is fitting, too, that we honour those who served and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. May we never take for granted the freedom we enjoy nor those who fought to defend that freedom." Rev. Richard Jackson

"It is an honour to pay tribute to the women and men in uniform who protect our rights and freedom, so that we may enjoy the rights and freedoms denied to so many."
Brian Gallant

"There are no warlike peoples - just warlike rulers."
Ralph J. Bunche

"Today, we pause to remember and honour the Canadian men and women who have served our country and fought for freedom around the world. Time may fade, but our memories cannot. We all have a duty to hold the torch high, and to keep its flame alight."
Justin Trudeau

"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause."
Abraham Lincoln

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