Some of the most famous poems that honor veterans include John McCrae's "In Flanders Field" and Yusef Komunyakaa's "We Never Know." Robert Frost's "The Gift Outright" and Alan Seeger's "I Have a Rendezvous With Death" are also powerful poems that honor veterans' sacrifices.
Some other poems that honor veterans include CW Johnson's "Memorial Day" and Kelly Strong's "Freedom is Not Free," both of which honor fallen soldiers and salute the troops. These poems draw from a long tradition of poetry that honors fallen soldiers without shying away from the true costs of war.
Arlene Smith's "Eyes of Blue" is another poem in this tradition, honoring veterans of World War II by writing from the perspective of an American soldier witnessing the conditions at a concentration camp and killing a German solider.
World War I produced many poets, including John McCrae, whose "In Flanders Field" is one of the best-known poems about war. Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" examined the horrors of war from a soldier's perspective: "Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots / But limped on, blood-shod." Both Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost participated in World War I and wrote poems honoring fallen soldiers and veterans who had returned from the conflict.