Inspirational Veterans Day poems include "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, "A Nation's Strength" by Walt Whitman, "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke and "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon. Poets McCrae, Brooke and Binyon were veterans of World War I.
"In Flanders Fields" describes the poppy fields in Flanders as witnessed by Lieutenant Colonel McCrae during World War I. It contrasts the sounds of birds and nature with the sounds of war and calls on the living to keep faith with those that died in battle.
In "A Nation's Strength" Whitman honors veterans as the pillars of the country, while "The Soldier" describes Brooke's experience of shipping off to England to fight, creating a bittersweet sentiment that prompts reflection.
"For the Fallen" points out how important it is for those who have the opportunity to grow old to honor those that never had the same opportunity because they died in service of the country.