What Are Some Songs That Pay Tribute to Veterans?


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Some songs that pay tribute to veterans are "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover," "Goodnight Saigon" and "If You're Reading This." Some others are "Letters From Home," "God Bless The USA," "Some Gave All," "Rooster" and "Have You Forgotten."

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"(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" was first released in 1941 and performed by Vera Lynn for the Allied soldiers during World War II. It was covered by The Righteous Brothers in 1966. Billy Joel's 1982 song "Goodnight Saigon" tells of a soldier's journey from basic training to the battlefront in Vietnam. "If You're Reading This" by Tim McGraw is a heartfelt tribute to veterans who don't make it home from duty, written in the form of a letter meant only to be read in the event of the soldier's death.

"Letters From Home" was performed in 2004 by John Michael Montgomery and focuses on how much family support and communication means to a deployed soldier. Sometimes called "the unofficial anthem of the United States," 1983's "God Bless The USA" was written and performed by Lee Greenfield. "Some Gave All" is a 1992 Billy Ray Cyrus track that pays tribute to the sacrifices made by those who serve. The Alice In Chains song "Rooster" was written about guitarist Jerry Cantrell's own father, who served in Vietnam. "Have You Forgotten" came out in 2003 and quickly became a chart-topping hit.

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