Humanities › Literature Emotional Poems for Veterans Day Poetry That Touches the Soul Share Flipboard Email Print tislas/Pixabay Literature Quotations Quotations For Holidays Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated March 07, 2019 When emotions take over, the poet within you often emerges. These Veterans Day excerpts from poems touch the heart and soul of every patriot. They will send chills down your spine. They bring the horror of war home. If you know a veteran, share these words to let them know their devotion to country is important and appreciated. Veterans Day Poems Stephen Crane War Is Kind "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." Philip Freneau On the Departure of the British From Charleston "But fame is theirs — and future daysOn pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;Shall tell — when cold neglect is dead —'These for their country fought and bled.'" Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass "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." Edgar Guest The Things That Make a Soldier Great "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?" John McCrae In Flanders Fields "In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below." Li Po Nefarious War "In the battlefield men grapple each other and die;The horses of the vanquished utter lamentable cries to heaven,While ravens and kites peck at human entrails,Carry them up in their flight, and hang them on the branches of dead trees." Rudyard Kipling Tommy "It's Tommy this, and Tommy that,And chuck him out the brute,But it's 'Savior of his Country,'When the guns begin to shoot." Siegfried Sassoon Aftermath "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." Wilfred Owen Anthem for Doomed Youth "What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?Only the monstrous anger of the guns.Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisons." Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade "Half a league, half a league,Half a league onward,All in the valley of DeathRode the six hundred.‘Forward, the Light Brigade!Charge for the guns!’ he said:Into the valley of DeathRode the six hundred." Elizabeth Barrett Browning Mother and Poet "Dead! One of them shot by the sea in the east,And one of them shot in the west by the sea.Dead! both my boys! When you sit at the feastAnd are wanting a great song for Italy free,Let none look at me!" Sophie Jewett Armistice "We pray the fickle flag of truceStill float deceitfully and fair;Our eyes must love its sweet abuse;This hour we will not care,Though just beyond to-morrow's gate,Arrayed and strong, the battle wait."