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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! Maya Angelou
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory. President Woodrow Wilson
In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. Barack Obama
The theme for Veterans Day 2020 is: “Vision: Veterans in Focus.” All Veterans make a sacrifice to serve their country, whether physically, emotionally, or by being away from their loved ones and missing important life moments.

What does Veterans Day mean to You? Every year, on November 11, we gather to honor and salute all of our brave armed forces; about 18+ million male and female Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces.  Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day; is a time when we honor those who fought wars so the rest of us could have world peace. As I write this post, in the throes of a global pandemic with Covid-19 numbers rising, our servicemen and women continue to serve on US bases around the world. They are our eyes and ears abroad, ensuring our safety at home.  Even though I’ve shared the genesis of this important tradition in previous posts, it is imperative that we revisit the history of Veterans Day, learn and teach our children about it, and honor all who gave selflessly and fearlessly in service to this country.

On November 11, 1947, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized the first Veterans Day parade, (it was called Armistice Day back then), to praise our servicemen and women for their efforts.  Later on, U.S. Representative Edward H. Rees of Kansas proposed legislation for a name change from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day, and everyone honored that date until another change occurred fourteen years later. Throughout this post, I have added poems and quotes to help us all connect with the insights and memories of many who lived through wars or had a loved one survive or die in a war.

 

Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen – 1893-1918 via poets.org
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares, we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro Patria Mori.

 

A Veteran BY REGINALD GIBBONS via poetryfoundation
My father came down not killed
from among others, killers or killed,
for whom he’d worn a uniform,
and he lived a long afterward,

a steady man on the flattest of plains.
I called after him many times, surprised
when I heard the catch in my own voice.
He didn’t know how to find the solace

of listening to someone else speak of
what he’d seen and survived.
He himself closed his own
mouth against his own words.

In the wrong sequence, his spirit,
then his mind, and last his body
crossed over that infamous, peat-inky,
metaphorical water that has no far shore.

I think he was carried like a leaf
in currents so gentle that a duckling,
had it been alive, could have braved them,
but too strong for a leaf. And saturated

with minerals that steadily replaced
organic cells, the water turned my father,
an ex-soldier, to leaf-delicate stone, inscribed
with the axioms of countless veins.

 

Thanks by Yusef Komunyakaa – 1947- via poets.org
Thanks for the tree
between me & a sniper’s bullet.
I don’t know what made the grass
sway seconds before the Viet Cong
raised his soundless rifle.
Some voice always followed,
telling me which foot
to put down first.
Thanks for deflecting the ricochet
against that anarchy of dusk.
I was back in San Francisco
wrapped up in a woman’s wild colors,
causing some dark bird’s love call
to be shattered by daylight
when my hands reached up
& pulled a branch away
from my face. Thanks
for the vague white flower
that pointed to the gleaming metal
reflecting how it is to be broken
like mist over the grass,
as we played some deadly
game for blind gods.
What made me spot the monarch
writhing on a single thread
tied to a farmer’s gate,
holding the day together
like an unfingered guitar string,
is beyond me. Maybe the hills
grew weary & leaned a little in the heat.
Again, thanks for the dud
hand grenade tossed at my feet
outside Chu Lai. I’m still
falling through its silence.
I don’t know why the intrepid
sun touched the bayonet,
but I know that something
stood among those lost trees
& moved only when I moved.

“Whatever gains are secured, it is loss the veteran remembers most keenly. Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war.” Senator John McCain

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S.; let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship. Frederick Douglass
Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us. President Ronald Reagan
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. President George Washington
Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. Richard Watson Gilder
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place–police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces. Sidney Sheldon

More on the History of Veterans Day: In 1968, instead of just focusing on the 11th, the date was moved to the fourth Monday in October. Congress soon recognized the historical importance of November 11th and changed it back in 1978. While we are all motivated to act each day to uplift ourselves and others, it takes a unique spirit of sacrifice and service to rise above all our petty wants and needs and serve our country. Every time a serviceman/woman leaves, they take the hearts and love of their family and community with them. Our role is to stay connected with them and ensure that, on their return, their reintegration into society is seamless. We are the beneficiaries of their effort and we must remember to honor them. I’ve shared some poetry and quotes, above and below, that elucidate the challenges and hearts of those who served.

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae – 1872-1918 via poets.org
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.

 

Armistice BY SOPHIE JEWETT via poetryfoundation
The water sings along our keel,
The wind falls to a whispering breath;
I look into your eyes and feel
No fear of life or death;
So near is love, so far away
The losing strife of yesterday.

We watch the swallow skim and dip;
Some magic bids the world be still;
Life stands with finger upon lip;
Love hath his gentle will;
Though hearts have bled, and tears have burned,
The river floweth unconcerned.

We pray the fickle flag of truce
Still 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.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT – NOV 2020 are:

OCT

10/01 – 01 Nigeria Independence, 01 National Poetry Day, 02 World Smile Day
10/04 – 05 World Teacher Day, 10/10 World Mental Health Day
10/11 – 11 International Day of the Girl, 12 Columbus Day, 16 World Food Day, 17 International Day for Eradication of Poverty
10/18 – 21 World Mission Day, 20 World Stats Day, 24 United Nations Day
10/25 – 26 National Pumpkin Day, 31 Halloween
National Breast Cancer Awareness, National Domestic Violence Awareness, National Disability Employment Awareness, National Energy Awareness Month, National Substance Abuse Prevention, National Cybersecurity Awareness

NOV

11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, Daylight Savings Ends, 02 All Soul’s Day, 03 Election Day, 05 Guy Fawkes
11/08 – 08 National STEM Day, 10 Science Day for Peace & Development, 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day
11/15 – 15 National Philanthropy Day, 16 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/22 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 26 Thanksgiving Day, 27 Black Friday
11/29 – 30 Cyber Monday
National Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Native American Heritage, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Veterans and Military Families, National Family Caregivers, National American History and Founders Month

 

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“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated [this ground], far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” President Abraham Lincoln

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

Motivation 2020: Veterans Day Poems & Quotes

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. Michel de Montaigne
I saw your sons and your husbands, your brothers, and your sweethearts. I saw how they worked, played, fought, and lived. I saw some of them die. I saw more courage, more good humor in the face of discomfort, more love in an era of hate, and more devotion to duty than could exist under tyranny. Comedian Bob Hope
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. Dan Lipinski
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. Jimmy Carter

What MOTIVATES some to give their lives in service to their country? When I think of people who join the services, I see it as a very special calling and the ultimate sacrifice and patriotic act. Those who walk the path do so because they truly want to serve even if at risk of their lives. It takes great courage, humility, and a belief in justice. Many do it because they want peace to prevail globally. While some might think it’s ironic to see peace as a goal of war, it is appropriate to encourage all to seek peace on this special day; both inner and outer peace. In remembering those who fought bravely to keep us safe, we must use this opportunity to decide what peace means to us, to determine how we can maintain peace in the world, and then dig deep within for our own personal version of the same.

To a Soldier in Hospital by Winifred M. Letts – 1882-1971 via poets.org
Courage came to you with your boyhood’s grace
Of ardent life and limb.
Each day new dangers steeled you to the test,
To ride, to climb, to swim.
Your hot blood taught you carelessness of death
With every breath.

So when you went to play another game
You could not but be brave:
An Empire’s team, a rougher football field,
The end—perhaps your grave.
What matter? On the winning of a goal
You staked your soul.

Yes, you wore courage as you wore your youth
With carelessness and joy.
But in what Spartan school of discipline
Did you get patience, boy?
How did you learn to bear this long-drawn pain
And not complain?

Restless with throbbing hopes, with thwarted aims,
Impulsive as a colt,
How do you lie here month by weary month
Helpless, and not revolt?
What joy can these monotonous days afford
Here in a ward?

Yet you are merry as the birds in spring,
Or feign the gaiety,
Lest those who dress and tend your wound each day
Should guess the agony.
Lest they should suffer—this the only fear
You let draw near.

Greybeard philosophy has sought in books
And argument this truth,
That man is greater than his pain, but you
Have learnt it in your youth.
You know the wisdom taught by Calvary
At twenty-three.

Death would have found you brave, but braver still
You face each lagging day,
A merry Stoic, patient, chivalrous,
Divinely kind and gay.
You bear your knowledge lightly, graduate
Of unkind Fate.

Careless philosopher, the first to laugh,
The latest to complain.
Unmindful that you teach, you taught me this
In your long fight with pain:
Since God made man so good—here stands my creed—
God’s good indeed.

The Unknown Soldier BY MELVIN B. TOLSON via poetryfoundation
I was a minuteman at Concord Bridge,
I was a frigate-gunner on Lake Erie,
I was a mortarman at Stony Ridge,
I fought at San Juan Hill and Château Thierry,
I braved Corregidor and the Arctic Sea:
The index finger brings democracy.

These States bred freedom in and in my bone—
Old as the new testament of Plymouth Bay.
When the Founding Fathers laid the Cornerstone
And rued the thirteen clocks that would not say
The hour on the hour, I nerved myself with them
Under the noose in the hand of the tyrant’s whim.

I’ve seen the alien ships of destiny
Plow the sea mountains between the hemispheres.
I’ve seen the Gulf Stream of our history
Littered with derelicts of corsair careers.
I’ve heard the watchman cry, “The bars! The bars!”
When midnight held the funeral of stars.

I saw horizontal States grow vertical,
From Plymouth Harbor to the Golden Gate,
Till wedged against skyscapes empyreal
Their glories elbowed the decrees of fate.
These States bred freedom in and in my bone:
I hymn their virtues and their sins atone.

The tares and wheat grow in the self-same field,
The rose and thorn companion on the bush,
The gold and gravel cuddle in the yield,
The oil and grit and dirt together gush.
The Gordian knot to be or not to be
Snares not the free.

My faith props the tomorrows, for I know
The roots of liberty, tough-fibered, feed
On the blood of tyrants and martyrs; the judas blow
Tortures the branches till they twist and bleed;
And yet no Caesar, vitamined on loot,
Can liberty uproot!

I am the Unknown Soldier: I open doors
To the Rights of Man, letters incarnadine.
These shrines of freedom are mine as well as yours;
These ashes of freemen yours as well as mine.
My troubled ghost shall haunt These States, nor cease
Till the global war becomes a global peace.

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132 Comments leave one →
  1. Krysten Quiles permalink
    12/11/2020 1:32 am

    Very nice poems, I am thankful for those who have fought for my country

  2. Renee permalink
    12/11/2020 1:48 am

    Its so important to honor those who served! Great post!

  3. Jill permalink
    12/11/2020 2:00 am

    This makes my heart happy. I think Veterans Day is one of the most important holidays we have, but so many people forget the significance of it. We need to remember the people behind the day.

  4. Surekha permalink
    12/11/2020 2:36 am

    I love that you’re reminding everyone to remember what trhis day means. Our servicemen and women have sacrificed so much – even their lives – to help keep us safe. We need to always remember that.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 6:01 am

      Thank you! I concur

  5. Emily Fata permalink
    12/11/2020 3:33 am

    Here in Canada, we also remember the veterans who risked and lost their lives for us; though, we call it Remembrance Day. It’s so important to remember these people and all that they sacrificed for us to live the lives that we do today, to have our freedom.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 6:02 am

      Yes, they gave their all.

  6. imbuedman permalink
    12/11/2020 3:33 am

    These thoughtful and painstaking collection of beautiful poems and quotes are befitting of the memories of our lost soldiers and veterans.

  7. Natalie permalink
    12/11/2020 4:52 am

    Lovely poems. Such a lovely words for remembrance. We have to honor our veterans.

  8. Eric Gamble permalink
    12/11/2020 5:27 am

    Great tribute here to Veterans with poems and quotes. I, in particular, love the quote “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” by Winston Churchill. I do love many of the poems you shared. I love that you added In Flander’s Field too. Not sure when I learned this McCrae poem but it always touched me.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 6:01 am

      Probably in Middle School. I learned it long ago too.

  9. Kenneth permalink
    12/11/2020 5:45 am

    Salute to all our beloved Veterans! You all have an amazing contribution to the US. Thanks for sharing all these poems for our unsung heroes as they are recognized sincerely

  10. Matt permalink
    12/11/2020 6:11 am

    Veterans day is such a wonderful day to remember all those who served. My father served many years ago. Great list of poems, the Unknown soldier is probably my favorite. Reminds me of the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:53 am

      Same here and I remember

  11. kileen permalink
    12/11/2020 6:42 am

    These are some really wonderful poems and quotes to celebrate our Veterans! We owe them so much!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:53 am

      Glad you like them

  12. Mary permalink
    12/11/2020 6:51 am

    These are some great poems honoring our veterans. Thank you for posting in honor of them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:52 am

      Thank you!

    • Matt permalink
      21/11/2020 10:37 am

      Indeed, such an amazing list of poems. And hopefully we can remember our Veterans, outside of Veterans’s day. They have given so much for us.

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        05/12/2020 5:59 am

        Exactly Matt. It’s irrelevant if we agreed with the wars or not. They had no choice but to step up and serve. That is true patriotism at its finest.

  13. marjiemare permalink
    12/11/2020 7:50 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post on Veteran’s Day. I cannot express my gratitude enough to all those who selflessly put their lives at risk for us. I love all the poems as usual.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:52 am

      My gratitude too

  14. Roshanna21 permalink
    12/11/2020 8:28 am

    I think persons who serve their country are courageous, they deserve the utmost respect and honor, these poems were so insightful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:52 am

      I agree… very courageous

  15. veraida permalink
    12/11/2020 10:32 am

    Sad poetry but beautiful. I love this. Great expression to honoring our heroes.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:51 am

      Thank you, they made the ultimate sacrifice

  16. Krista permalink
    12/11/2020 12:01 pm

    Such an important day today. I love all of the quotes you’ve added to this post, thanks for sharing them!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:51 am

      Appreciate the feedback

  17. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    12/11/2020 12:21 pm

    There is no amount of praise and gratitude that could express the love I have for those who have served our country.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:51 am

      Exactly. They have done so much

  18. Ntensibe Edgar permalink
    12/11/2020 11:28 pm

    Nnniiiccceeeee….there is sacrifice than what veterans give! For that matter, I dedicate, “The Unknown Soldier BY MELVIN B. TOLSON” to all vets, their family and friends to reflect upon. Thank you, vet, for your service and sacrifice!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:12 am

      I second that opinion

  19. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    13/11/2020 12:09 am

    I am always fascinated by love and tenderness towards veterans in US. I love the poems and the tradition in whle

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:12 am

      I appreciate your feedback

  20. Christian Foremost permalink
    13/11/2020 12:38 am

    We don’t have veteran’s day here in the philippines, but I do admire the soldiers for their courage protecting the nations!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:12 am

      Same here. 🙂

  21. Meg permalink
    13/11/2020 4:08 am

    Them poems and quotes are beautiful and strike a chord with everyone. Thank you so much for sharing

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:12 am

      THe Vets have done so much for us

  22. Sandy N Vyjay permalink
    13/11/2020 4:55 am

    These are some really powerful and inspiring poems about Veterans day.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/11/2020 6:11 am

      Thank you. I admire them.

  23. Barbie permalink
    13/11/2020 9:38 am

    My daddy was in the Navy!! So many thanks to all Veterans!!!!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 6:00 am

      My Thanks to your Dad too!

  24. tingandthings.com permalink
    13/11/2020 11:03 am

    In canada we fall it Remembrance Day. Thoughts and prayers to these veterans families. Lest we forget

  25. Trisha Velarmino permalink
    16/11/2020 7:05 am

    I loved reading all of these. Thank you for the inspiration! I am into poetry books as well. Do you have a list?

  26. olenakagui permalink
    17/11/2020 3:37 am

    Veterans deserve so much more support and care than they generally get, not just in the USA but all over the world. These poems really tugged at my heart strings. Thank you for sharing!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:59 am

      Thank you too!

  27. emman damian permalink
    17/11/2020 10:49 am

    I really salute all veterans. We need to celebrate their heroic acts!

  28. Harish Joshi permalink
    18/11/2020 6:50 am

    Inspiring & interesting poems. Such a great collection. Worth sharing!!

  29. minal khachane permalink
    18/11/2020 9:16 am

    This is such a important day.We owe so much to them.You have added really beautiful quotes.Lots of gratitude to all the veteran’s.Thanks for sharing

  30. Moon Ray permalink
    18/11/2020 11:51 am

    I must say it was a good read. They are the Braveheart of a country.

  31. Gervin Khan permalink
    19/11/2020 4:37 am

    This is an awesome post! Salute to everyone! I really loved all of these, I enjoyed reading it!

  32. Georgina permalink
    20/11/2020 9:20 am

    These are beautifully curated poems to show our immense gratitude for the sacrifices endured by so many. Thank you so much for sharing such heartwarming words and a reminder for us all.

  33. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    22/11/2020 5:35 am

    I always make it a point when I am out and about if I see someone is a veteran I personally thank them for their service. I wouldn’t be able to live the life I have without them doing what they do.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:58 am

      Same here!

  34. yudithnapitupulu permalink
    24/11/2020 12:19 am

    We have heroes day in Indonesia. We will give honored to the veterans on that day. They veterans have done so much for our country and us. Really great poem and beautiful.

  35. Honing Your Health permalink
    24/11/2020 4:11 am

    Both my father and mother served in the Army. Thank you for taking the time to honor Veterans! What a great resource.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:57 am

      Thank them for their service. It’s an honor.

  36. Emily Terrell permalink
    24/11/2020 5:28 am

    I am very thankful to the veterans we have. Their courage has often been repaid in neglect, abandonment, and scorn. I pray for a day when we respect others and support them for doing what many are not willing to.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:56 am

      My sentiments exactly. It astonishes me… the disdain especially from idiots who have never been near a war zone. TY Sis!

  37. adriana permalink
    24/11/2020 4:41 pm

    We have to always be thankful to veterans as they offer their lives for us and their families sacrifice so much. Appreciate the nice blog post about the topic.

  38. Viano permalink
    25/11/2020 12:37 pm

    Where I’m based, there’s no such thing as Veteran’s day (at least to the best of my knowledge). I had no idea what it was about till now.

  39. Stephanie permalink
    26/11/2020 8:03 am

    I was so sad that the elementary school didn’t have a Veterans Day program this year due to COVID. The entire school and community looks forward to it each year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:55 am

      The pandemic has really done a number on us all. Looking forward to the vaccine and a new year of grace and hope.

  40. milaroko permalink
    26/11/2020 1:44 pm

    What does Veterans Day mean to Me? One Day before My B’day 🤣

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:54 am

      Happy Birthday and be grateful for the servicemen/women who have defended your right to live freely and in peace.

  41. Blair Villanueva permalink
    26/11/2020 7:21 pm

    We don’t have a Veteran’s Day in the Philippines, but we celebrate our veterans’ during our Independence Day. Truly without them, we might not be in the current situation now. We owe it to them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:53 am

      Indeed and the same applies globally.

  42. Gervin Khan permalink
    28/11/2020 3:18 am

    What an amazing poems! This made me admire those soldiers more. Salute to everyone!

  43. Nikki Wayne permalink
    28/11/2020 10:40 am

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing these poems. So great

  44. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    28/11/2020 10:41 am

    Beautiful and inspiring poems you’ve shared here. Thank you so much.

  45. Krizzia Scollon permalink
    29/11/2020 5:21 pm

    Veterans Day is such a memorable day not only for the veterans but all of us!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/12/2020 5:53 am

      Indeed. I have never understood people who resent it or want to push back against it. They must be missing the whole point of it… It honors all the men and women who served this nation valiantly and at great cost to their lives. What great act is there? “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)

  46. Flo michelle permalink
    01/12/2020 3:59 am

    Love the poems here, thank you!

  47. Gervin Khan permalink
    01/12/2020 5:45 pm

    Sad but beautiful poetry for Veterans Day. I wish that they always remember for all their sacrifices for the country.

  48. Harish Joshi permalink
    05/12/2020 2:27 am

    Really inspirational. Honouring our army is what everyone should do 🙏🏻

  49. WritesandBlogs permalink
    06/12/2020 6:02 am

    Good poems, good quotes. Honouring Veterans is a respect to their work and dedication to the country.

  50. Merveille permalink
    06/12/2020 10:57 am

    Truly beautiful and goosebump inducing poems and quotes. It’s wonderful to think how many people are willing to sacrifice their lives for our safety, peace and well-being. Truly such an honorable cause and a great one to remember to celebrate.

  51. milaroko permalink
    06/12/2020 12:59 pm

    What does Veterans Day mean to Me? Not sure … but nothing really positive… 🙁

  52. Kiwi permalink
    07/12/2020 1:10 am

    I love how you truly honor holidays. Especially our vets they need this recognition!

  53. Renee permalink
    08/12/2020 4:05 am

    I can’t wait to share this with my grandfather who is a veteran!

  54. Hang Around The World permalink
    08/12/2020 8:26 am

    It is not in my culture to celebrate this day but I like to read about the celebrations and tradtions around the world. It is really inspirationl. – Paolo

  55. Renata Feyen permalink
    08/12/2020 12:50 pm

    you picked some great poems again – I think remembering your heroes is something that is done all over the world 🙂

  56. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    08/12/2020 5:09 pm

    an inspiring grateful post sharing here, an important day to honour all army for their efforts & hero sacrifies

  57. marjiemare permalink
    08/12/2020 5:48 pm

    There’s no greater gifts than giving your life for others. This is why I am forever thankful for these veterans.

  58. Keerti Bhatnagar permalink
    09/12/2020 12:46 am

    Wow! These are some really inspirational poems that you have shared..
    This is what we all should be grateful for..
    We are able to live freely because of them

    Your hot blood taught you carelessness of death
    With every breath.- these lines are really strong..

  59. sumit permalink
    09/12/2020 12:58 am

    very insightful and thoughtful post , made me think about how we honour the veterans in our country. So much more depth of gratitude is in your country compared to mine

  60. My Path To Travel permalink
    09/12/2020 7:49 am

    It is so important to honour those who have served. For me, the best way to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom is to vote.

  61. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    09/12/2020 8:03 am

    wonderful poems! each is very talented, I enjoyed reading it a lot

  62. Monidipa Dutta permalink
    10/12/2020 3:34 am

    These men and women deserve our gratitude for their willingness to serve this country and help protect our rights and our freedoms. They have given us so much. I truly loved all these poems…

  63. Shristi permalink
    10/12/2020 3:07 pm

    This is indeed a great reminder of heroism and why we should never forget what our veterans done for us.

  64. Tessa permalink
    11/12/2020 3:50 pm

    What a great reminder of those who serve us so selflessly. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful words!

  65. solidparent permalink
    12/12/2020 5:28 am

    Honoring our Veterans is wonderful. I wish we did more for them honestly. I do love the wonderful poems though!

  66. bye:myself permalink
    12/12/2020 8:57 am

    Most of all, Veterans should remind us how important and precious peace is. So many blood is shed in vain – and mostly in wars people back home are hardly aware of or have very little political insight.

  67. kidneyfornikki permalink
    12/12/2020 5:30 pm

    These are great poems. I like the discussion about why someone would (or what motivates) someone to dedicate their lives to serving their country? We as a country need to do a better job of taking care of those people who do!

  68. amayszingblogs permalink
    12/12/2020 7:26 pm

    This is so inspiring to read I believe all veterans deserved to praised!

  69. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    13/12/2020 12:40 pm

    I dated a guy who was in the Marines and I wouldn’t have been able to complete a quarter of the things they go through. It takes a very strong minded person to get through that. I appreciate them all.

  70. Christianforemost.com permalink
    14/12/2020 12:27 am

    Sending love and support to veterans of your country and those all over the world. Their courage and sacrifice is greatly appreciated!

  71. Kenneth permalink
    14/12/2020 1:20 am

    who doesnt love our men in uniform…risking their own life for the sake of others are the greatest sacrifice a person a can make…respect for all of them

  72. Sarah M permalink
    14/12/2020 7:04 am

    I liked how you have praised veterans by this post. They are strong people and do courageous job for plain peoples.

  73. Catherine permalink
    14/12/2020 10:37 am

    Some really beautiful poems here. Thanks so much for sharing!

  74. Emily Fata permalink
    14/12/2020 11:58 am

    This is such an important day for us all to respect and honour those who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedoms. I’m so very grateful to them all.

  75. cinny permalink
    14/12/2020 2:48 pm

    Thank you for those who have served. That’s a great collection of poems.

  76. Christa Anne permalink
    14/12/2020 2:52 pm

    What a wonderful way t honor the importance of this day. Thank you for these words.

  77. katrina m kroeplin permalink
    14/12/2020 5:44 pm

    i’m so thankful for all the vets. my brother is a vet. it takes a lot to stnad up for our country and we should honor them.

  78. bree been permalink
    15/12/2020 6:10 am

    Such a beautiful poem. I think it’s one of my all time favourites from your poems. I had to send this to a friend of mine in the military.

  79. seadbeady permalink
    15/12/2020 7:15 am

    I used to write poems like that when I was younger but haven’t kept them 🙂

  80. Fransic verso permalink
    15/12/2020 8:02 am

    Inspiring post! We definitely should honor them for their great effort and awesome work.

  81. Lees Garcia permalink
    15/12/2020 8:14 am

    I came to find the date for veterans day but found so much more!

  82. Stella permalink
    15/12/2020 11:25 am

    A beautiful tribute. I love the collection of poems you have in your posts. They are gems and many of them I wouldn’t know about without your efforts. Great work.

  83. Nimra khan permalink
    16/12/2020 10:49 pm

    Much patriotic and inspirational poems and we should remember the sacrifices soldiers have given to our country.

  84. Claudia permalink
    17/12/2020 2:13 am

    Thank you so much for this. Everyone always gets so excited for the sales and the get-togethers, but it’s important to remember what this day is really all about – sacrifice.

  85. Brianne permalink
    17/12/2020 2:31 am

    This is a beautiful post and such an important one. Holidays like this have such a deep, special meaning, but over the years people have forgotten it. I think it’s important to remind them.

  86. Kenneth permalink
    17/12/2020 2:45 am

    the greatest sacrifice of all,,putting your life at risk for the greater good,,,,thank you for all our veterans all over the world

  87. knycx permalink
    17/12/2020 7:44 am

    The soldiers have done a lot to protect our country and I am glad that we have a day to thank them for their service, good motivation and keep it up! – Knycx Journeying

  88. Ashley T permalink
    17/12/2020 7:45 am

    These are some amazing poems and quotes for veterans.

  89. marjiemare permalink
    17/12/2020 7:51 am

    One of my goals for next year is to try to write some poems. I am always inspired by those that you shared with us. Thanks for sharing these amazing poems about our veterans.

  90. crisshex88 permalink
    18/12/2020 12:46 am

    Many I must say they moved me like tears in my eyes, beautiful!

  91. Cookappetite permalink
    18/12/2020 12:50 am

    Veterans put their lives at risk just so millions of people can live in peace. These people should be honored everyday

  92. Colleen permalink
    18/12/2020 2:37 am

    Honoring those who have served is so important. Everyone seems to forget wha tthis day is really about. Thanks for reminding us!

  93. Claudia permalink
    18/12/2020 2:45 am

    I have always made sure my son understands exactly what this holiday is all about. So many people don’t register the name “Veterans Day” with what it really means. Love this.

  94. Olivia Robins permalink
    18/12/2020 7:13 pm

    great selection of poems , cant believe its been over a month already since veterans day time flys – pati robins !

  95. thehealthfulideas permalink
    18/12/2020 8:09 pm

    Wow such inspiring poems. All veterants deserve praise!

  96. anas permalink
    19/12/2020 4:48 am

    Your poems are so thought provoking. keep writing and sharing!

  97. Jemma permalink
    20/12/2020 4:21 am

    These are some really wonderful poems and quotes to celebrate our Veterans! Love this post

  98. Denise permalink
    21/12/2020 3:58 am

    Wonderful post to remember all veterans. These poems symbolize the sacrifice and love they showed for the country. A great way to honor them and their service

  99. Clarice permalink
    21/12/2020 7:44 am

    Veterans Day is quite special for us since we have several family members who are. These poems are really beautifully written. Thank you for sharing them.

  100. Ann permalink
    21/12/2020 9:26 pm

    I think we all needed a reminder of what this day means, thank you so much 🙂

  101. Luna S permalink
    16/01/2021 7:07 am

    Your posts are always packaged full of information! Thanks for the great post.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2021 4:46 pm

      Appreciated

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