Poems Honoring Our Soldiers

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Poems can provide a heartfelt way to express your sentiments to a single soldier or the troops in general. Feel free to share these original poems with friends, family and any service person you wish to honor.

Poems Honoring Those Who Serve

The Call to Duty

A call to duty is sent out
And the strong and the brave reply.
They do it for love of country,
So there's never a need to ask why.

They leave behind all that they love,
Their families, their homes and their lives,
Because to preserve these precious things
Is the goal for which each soldier strives.

So God bless our troops,
The courageous women and men,
Who fight to make sure
The bells of freedom peal again.

When You See a Soldier

When you see a soldier
Be sure to shake his or her hand,
And let that soldier know you're grateful
For the protection the military affords our land.

But most of all express your thanks
For every soldier's personal sacrifice.
In order to serve our country,
They risked their entire lives.

How Do You Measure a Soldier's Sacrifice?

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How do you measure a soldier's sacrifice?
Is it by the number of friends and family left behind?
Is it by the months or years given in service?

How do you measure a soldier's courage?
Is it by the number of objectives completed,
Or by the number of bullets dodged or missions served?

How do you measure a soldier's honor?
Is it by the duty he or she volunteers for,
Or by the number of medals earned?

The simple truth is that these things are immeasurable,
As is this country's debt to all who serve,
And pay the price for freedom in this land.

Welcome Home

To those who fought on foreign soil,
Who for our nation did perilously toil,
Who braved the bombs and bullets and mines,
To return home to more peaceful times,
A hearty welcome home.

To those who fought on foreign soil,
Whose lives have been marred by the enemy's toil,
Who now must rebuild body, mind and soul,
And returning to normal is now the goal,
A supportive welcome home.

To those who fought on foreign soil
Whose lives did end through dangerous toil,
To arrive home flag-draped, silent and still,
And rest in peace beneath the grass on the hill,
A reverent welcome home.

A Field of Crosses

A field of crosses
Marks the silent resting place
Of the brave who served.

Tell Their Stories

Soldiers have died in distant lands,
Far from their homes and loving hands.
Tell their stories.

Troops missing in action and never returned,
Their ultimate destinies not yet learned.
Tell their stories.

Warriors come home with troubled minds,
Atrocities witnessed not quite left behind.
Tell their stories.

The rest return and pick up everyday lives,
As husbands and fathers, mothers and wives,
Tell their stories.

All our soldiers brave, strong and true,
If you want to honor them, here's what you do:
Tell their stories.

A Soldier Is...

soldier saluting

A soldier is many things:

Steady, solid, and strong
Optimistic, outstanding, and organized
Loyal, logical, and level-headed
Diligent, decisive, and disciplined
Intelligent, idealistic and, when necessary, immovable
Earnest, effective, and efficient
Rational, resourceful, and resolute

Yes, a soldier is many things, but above all these admirable qualities, and soldier is a hero.

More Poems for the Troops

For more poems and inspiration, visit the following websites.

  • In Honor of Our Military - This site offers a collection of poems honoring all the troops, including tributes to veterans and fallen soldiers.
  • Poem Source - Here you'll find a number of patriotic verses, but Honor Our Military and They Did Their Share are especially suitable for honoring soldiers.
  • Scrapbook.com - This site offers poems for various aspects of military life. Poems that specifically honor soldiers include A Salute to Our Soldiers and An American Soldier.

Share Your Feelings With the Ones That Matter Most...

It may or may not be in your power to offer much to any of the brave men and women who serve in the military, but sometimes it's enough to express your sincere respect and gratitude for their sacrifices. Perhaps one of these poems will help put your thoughts and feelings into words you can share with them and their families so they know they are appreciated by the people they're fighting for.

Poems Honoring Our Soldiers