Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That war, known at the time as the Great War, sparked an outpouring of still-remembered poems, some of which are already in our collection, Poems of War and Remembrance.
Armistice Day has since evolved into Veteran’s Day, a holiday to honor all who have served in any war
, and all the wars in human history have inspired poets, going all the way back to the ancient Greek, Homer’s Iliad, recounting the Trojan War. That’s why our collection of classic war poems
includes poems from 8th century China, 16th century England, and the American Civil War as well. But for this Veteran’s Day, nearly 100 years after the Great War in the second decade of the 20th century, the first truly “modern” war, we have selected a few more of the memorable poems it spawned to add to our collection: