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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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Coming home from war,
vets find more
stress awaits.
The suicide rates
are high.
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!




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

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28 thoughts on “Poems for Memorial Day

  1. I like the second one – enough things for pondering about – Thanks Rumpy. Have a great memorial monday

    Posted by easyweimaraner | May 27, 2013, 5:46 AM
  2. 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.

    Posted by fozziemum | May 27, 2013, 5:47 AM
  3. Wishing you all a peaceful Memorial Day. We like your very powerful and emotive poems. Take care

    Posted by Old Kitty | May 27, 2013, 7:12 AM
  4. 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

    Posted by eripanwkevin | May 27, 2013, 7:12 AM
  5. bel hommage à tout les disparus dans un effort de guerre !

    Posted by Gaël LOAËC/Paul ANDREWS (Blog 3) | May 27, 2013, 7:37 AM
  6. Happy Memorial Day!

    The Florida Furkids

    Posted by The Florida Furkids | May 27, 2013, 7:46 AM
  7. We no really suppurrt da Memorial Day sales. We no think that very thoughtful.

    Posted by Shiva & Jaya | May 27, 2013, 8:01 AM
  8. 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.

    Love and hugs to you all. xxxxxxxxxxx

    Posted by willowdot21 | May 27, 2013, 8:37 AM
  9. ameni!

    Posted by scoopandsteam | May 27, 2013, 10:46 AM
  10. Reblogged this on Scoop and Steamer and commented:

    Posted by scoopandsteam | May 27, 2013, 10:50 AM
  11. 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.

    Posted by Bongo | May 27, 2013, 2:36 PM
  12. Sad but true.

    Posted by kdkh | May 27, 2013, 2:47 PM
  13. Rumpy, you sure make us think.

    Happy Memorial Day…though when you think about it, it’s not really a happy day, is it?

    Posted by theislandcats | May 27, 2013, 7:34 PM
  14. long rows of white stone
    many flags flutter in breeze
    some day war may end

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | May 27, 2013, 8:41 PM
  15. We are grateful for those who gave everything to ensure the freedoms we enjoy. Happy Memorial Day, Rumpy.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | May 27, 2013, 8:55 PM
  16. Thinking of you all on this day Rumpy. We should always honour & remember those who fought so that we may live the way we do today x

    Posted by boscocat | May 27, 2013, 9:39 PM
  17. 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.

    Posted by Bernadette | May 27, 2013, 10:14 PM
  18. 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.

    Posted by EllaDee | May 28, 2013, 12:46 AM
  19. Wise words Rumpy.

    Posted by stanze | May 28, 2013, 4:09 PM
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