Memorial Day Poems and Quotes

Memorial Day poems and quotes. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May (May 31, 2010).

Memorial Day Poems:

1. Murder–So Foul

I shot a man yesterday
And much to my surprise,
The strangest thing happened to me
I began to cry.

He was so young, so very young
And Fear was in his eyes,
He had left his home in Germany
And came to Holland to die.

And what about his Family
were they not praying for him?
Thank God they couldn’t see their son
And the man that had murdered him.

I knelt beside him
And held his hand–
I begged his forgiveness
Did he understand?

It was the War
And he was the enemy
If I hadn’t shot him
He would have shot me.

I saw he was dying
And I called him “Brother”
But he gasped out one word
And that word was “Mother.”

I shot a man yesterday
And much to surprise
A part of me died with Him
When Death came to close
His eyes.

2. The ghosts of American soldiers

wander the streets of
Balad by night,

unsure of their way
home, exhausted,

the desert wind
blowing trash

down the narrow
alleys as a voice

sounds from the
minaret, a soulful call

reminding them how
alone they are,

how lost. And the Iraqi
dead,

they watch in silence
from rooftops

as date palms line the
shore in silhouette,

leaning toward Mecca
when the dawn wind
blows.

Memorial Day Poems For Kids:

1. God Bless Our Native Land

God bless our native land,
Land of the newly free,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and liberty.

God bless our native land,
Where sleep our kindred dead,
Let peace at thy command
Above their graves be shed.

God help our native land,
Bring surcease to her strife,
And shower from thy hand
A more abundant life.

God bless our native land,
Her homes and children bless,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and righteousness.

2. The American Hero

The American Hero always comes through
To capture our hearts with a spirit so true

Some proudly are soldiers who march in harm’s way
Insuring our freedom, courageous they stay

While others come forth as civilians so brave
Determined in purpose, so steadfast to save

We should always keep clear a place in our heart
For each has a value beyond precious art

Their duty to country will not be surpassed
Please honor their courage, for some it’s their last

We live in a world which can be hard to bear
Thank God for these people, how greatly they care

Do ponder new heroes and what they will face
And pray for their safety no matter their place

Our heritage brings out the best, we all know
Our great book of heroes is destined to grow

3. Decoration Day

See the soldiers, little ones!
Hark the drummers’ beat!
See them with their flags and guns
Marching down the street!

Tattered flags from out the wars,
Let us follow these
To the little stripes and stars
Twinkling through the trees.

Watch them waving through the grass
Where the heroes sleep!
Thither gently let us pass
On this day we keep.

Let us bring our blossoms, too,
All our gardens grow;
Lilacs honey-sweet with dew,
And the lilies’ snow.

Every posy of the May,
Every bloomy stem,
Every bud that breaks today
Gather now for them.

Lay the lilies o’er them thus,
Lovingly, for so
Down they laid their lives for us,
Long and long ago.

Heap above them bud and bough;
Softly, ere we cease,
God, we pray Thee, gently now
Fold them in Thy peace!

4. Americans in Strength

Americans in strength unite
This union born in freedom’s light

United States, how sure we are
We’ll pull together, near and far

The world can see of what we’re made
Each state is of the highest grade

Determination, filled with pride
Our people’s will won’t be denied

Our founding fathers set to stay
The road we’ve traveled to this day

A quest for right cannot be wrong
With help from God, we will stay strong

Support our troops ranks number one
For the job they do is never done

When forced they put it on the line
True patriots, when called they shine

Let’s raise Old Glory with a cheer
And thank all soldiers, past and here

Memorial Day Quotes:

The cost of liberty is less than the cost of repression. – Web Dubois.

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt. – Bergen Evans

War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men. - Georges Clemenceau

And I am proud to be American, where at least I know I am free, and I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt that I love this land, god bless the USA.- Lee Greenwood

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.- John F. Kennedy

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation. – Thomas William Parsons

Although, no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.-Daniel Webster

With the tears a Land hath shed,

Their graves should ever be green.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich