Poems for Memorial Day

Today we observe Memorial Day here in the US. The day is set aside to honor those who died in service to our country.

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Just my opinion, but I think a fair measure of how we honor our fallen heroes is by how we treat those heroes who still are with us. Today I share two poems I wrote about our vets.

 
Old send young to fight.
Mothers bury their children.
The rest go shopping.
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

 
Coming home from war,
vets find more
stress awaits.
The suicide rates
are high.
Why?
Homelessness (please find a job)
Unemployment (please get some help)
Mental Illness (please apply for assistance).
Long waits for benefits, 
courtesy of the government.
 
But hey, here’s a free coffee.
Thanks for defending democracy!

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http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-20-2013/america-s-heroes-return—operation-enduring-wait?xrs=share_copy

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Do you have a Memorial Day poem you’d like to share?

28 thoughts on “Poems for Memorial Day

  1. Well said Rumpy! we have ANZAC day on the 25th of April and our rememberance day is in November 11th the elevnth hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. ANZAC day we wear a badge with a ‘diggers hat’ on it or a piece or Rosemary for rememberance.Rememberance day we wear a red poppy.
    I believe it is true and shameful that returned service people are disregarded.This year i was so happy to see that attending our ANZAC day march were the dogs that work in the services,their contribution proudly honoured also.

  2. Wishing you all a peaceful Memorial Day. We like your very powerful and emotive poems. Take care
    x

  3. Because they were there
    We are now here in peace

    Because they served for our country
    We now have smile on our faces

    Heroes are forever
    On the day we remember them

    Although I’m not American, I wrote this poem thinking if I were American.
    Please excuse me, if I say something wrong in it.

    Kevin xxx

  4. Hi Rumpy thank you and your Mum for your recent support.
    I am as angry as you for our returned soldiers , who are left some disabled physically or mentally and many even both. Our government is as sadly and woefully remiss as yours in helping these brave lost souls. My two brothers ( one a retired, life long soldier with plenty of service under his belt) work for SAFFA an organization to help such soldiers. He has to beg, steel and borrow to get help. Especially beg as he goes cap in hand to charities and government! Sorry to go on but it is a sore point to me and many! I did write a poem on the subject in fact I have written many but here is last one I wrote.
    http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/who-to-trust/

    Love and hugs to you all. xxxxxxxxxxx

  5. Here’s a poem to honor vets and the service dogs trained to help some of them:

    Soldiers deployed
    Danger hard to avoid
    Home once again
    the stress still remains
    But some will find strength
    and a bond they will gain
    With a service dog trained
    to stand by through the pain

    Those service dogs are my heroes.

  6. Well, we were told about a decade ago that they best way to support our troops was to go shopping. Guess people took it seriously. Some people don’t need to be told, unfortunately.

  7. I like your poems… and am as perplexed about the USA’s Memorial Day Sales as I am about some of Australia’s attitudes to our similar ANZAC Day … just another retail opportunity.

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