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Tribute to Veterans

Updated on July 5, 2014

Tribute to US Veterans - "Pray that None Among Us Forget"

On November 11th, every American needs to remember the sacrifices our veterans have made and continue to make. From poems to music to the history of the anthem of praise written by Francis Scott Keys to a time line history of US wars, take a moment to reverently remember our veterans with both song and verse and remember that "Freedom is never free."

As James McEachin so eloquently stated in Voices: This Old Soldier "I will pray to my God that we unite as one and that over and over and over and over and over again we give thanks to the American veteran, the defenders of freedom. And holding dear the memory of the dead and the unaccounted for, I shall further pray that none among us forget …"

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Tribute Video - When the World Went Mad - WWI

Tribute Video to Our Vietnam Vets

Tribute Video - Been to Hell and Back - John Wood

Tribute to World War II Veterans - Were You There

Tribute Poem & Videos

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams your lives.

On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel
The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.

Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.

Please remember those who “didn’t run” and fought for our
country, proudly….So that you and I can enjoy the
Freedom, …we have today…

Reprinted from

Tribute - Freedome is Never Free

Timeline of United States Wars

To keep all of this in perspective, I have added a timeline that summarizes of some of the major wars for the United States history:

1776 Declaration of Independence

American Revolution 1775-1783                        United States Colonies verses Great Britain

War of 1812 1812-1815                                     United States verses Great Britain

Mexican American War 1846-1848                     United States verses Mexico

Spanish American War 1898                              United States verses Spain

World War I 1914-1918

World War II 1939-1945

Korean War 1950-1953

Vietnam War 1960-1975

Invasion of Afghanistan 2001

Invasion of Iraq 2003

Fort McHenry  Birthplace of Star Spangled Banner - Baltimore           -  Photo courtesy of
Fort McHenry Birthplace of Star Spangled Banner - Baltimore - Photo courtesy of

Star Spangled Banner History

The Star Spangled Banner, the United State's National Anthem, was originally entitled Defense of Fort McHenry.

The United States of America national anthem was adopted on 1931 but was originally written on the back of an envelope just after a bloody battle with the British in 1814 during the War of 1812.

It was a 25 hour battle that engulfed our troops in pouring rain and darkness. When the fighting ceased, the light of dawn emerged, Francis Scott Key was uncertain who won. But peering through the dawn, he could see with great joy, it was the American flag that was still flying.

The poem was set to music and adopted as the United State's National Anthem and was formally adopted in 1931. The song had a signed executive order back in 1916, had been used by the Navy since 1889, however, it was not official until Congress acted upon the legislation.

"Anthem" is a song or praise or respect. It is sung in appreciation for both our freedoms and for appreciation of our veterans and service men and women who have served the American citizens valiantly.

Faith Hill Sings the United States National Anthem

Francis Scott Key's 1814 Lyrics to US National Anthem

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Lyrics: Francis Scott Key, 1814 Adopted: 1931

2 More Verses - Star Spangled Banner

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam
Of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Over there on the shore, hardly seen through the misty haze from the water,
Where this ship of the arrogant enemy waits in dreadful silence,
What is it that the breezes blowing over the towering cliff,
Are partly concealing and partly disclosing?
Look now! It's catching the gleam
of the first rays of sunshine!
And the light is reflecting the full glory of it's colors!
It's the Star Spangled Banner! - yes long may it wave,
Over the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

1812 War With Great Britain

The 1812 war was devastating to our young and emerging new country called the United States. During the battles with Britain, the United States lost the capital building,the treasury building and the president's mansion in Washington. The Unite States had British dominance in the Great Lakes and also on the east coast. One of the bloodiest battles was in Baltimore at Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was viewing the bombarding of the American forces.

Additionally, at this time in American history, relations with the Native American Indians were strained due to the Indian's unwillingness to sign commercial agreements favorable to this new emerging nation.

Francis Scott Key was at the Port of Baltimore on September 13 - 14, 1814, which was protected by Fort McHenry on the south side. The situation was very bleak. The casualties in infrastructure and men were mounting. The rain was pouring, darkness had ensued and the wearisome battle was over 25 hours long.

Upon the emerging dawn, the gun smoke dissipating and the rain subsiding, the poem Keys scribbled was about the joy in seeing the flag of freedom still flying. The emotions attached to this song are important. It is a song about struggle and triumph even in the midst of what appeared to be obstacles from every side.

Imagine Francis Scott Key's burst of emotion to see the struggle end triumphantly?! That is why this anthem is so beloved.

National Anthem Protocol

Proper protocol for the National Anthem is to stand, face the flag, remove your hats (only for gentlemen), and place your right hand over your heart. Singing is encouraged but is optional.

You should salute IF you are or were a member of the armed forces.

New Law - Veterans & Active-Duty Members May Salute the Flag During National Anthem

Only IF you are a veteran or active-duty member of the armed forces. This new federal law took effect October 14th, 2008, where military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during this song and tribute to our country and to our veterans.

“The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation’s flag.”

The new provision improves upon a little known change in federal law last year that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the national anthem.

The change in the federal law also applied to members of the armed forces while not in uniform.

Rember Our Veterans & Never Forget....

...I shall further pray that none among us forget …"  James McEachin

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    • CelebrateUSA profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Kline 

      5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hi PStraubie48,

      I agree - the sacrifices they made - I am forever amazed.

      It is interesting how in the olden days our family would not "talk" of this but now with the movies the door for conversation and understanding and appreciation is now open and welcome.

      We have made several advancements in the last few decades but I like your idea of celebrating our veterans daily.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      And every day should be Veteran's Day....taking time to honor our men and women who are willing to serve today when service Is so unappreciated. by some.

      My Daddy was in many wars and we were raised to salute the flag with honor. a large flag was raised and lowered each day on our massive flag pole.

      May we never ever forget the sacrifices that were made and that continue to be made.

      voted up++++ shared

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Cross promotion is usually frowned upon but for a charity that involves soldiers, I will make the exception.

      We owe our veterans our gratitude.

      My Mother In Law literally makes 1000 stockings for the troops. She is amazing. I admire her dedication. I commend you for taking the time to care and to share this great cause that elevates the hard work, dedication of our veterans.

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      8 years ago

      Here is a nice way to say Thanks to the Troops. The Grateful Chics will donate a Patriotic Grateful Bead Strand to a soldier every time one is purchased. This charitable partnership is through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that send care packages to our Troops. The soldiers will know someone cares, remembers and is grateful for their service with these tokens of Gratitude. Check them out here:

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Lady E,

      I couldn't agree more. We watched Red Tails yesterday - wow! What a great movie! And a great perspective of the sacrifices and the courage of both the pilots, the engineers and the families back home that supported them. Very insightful historical movie.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Brilliant Tribute.

      They pay a great Price.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Elaine Harris,

      Beautiful poem and so appropriate it. For our freedome they fought and died. Two minutes of silence and appropriation - a tiny tribute to the brave men and women.

      Thank you!

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      Elaine Harris 

      9 years ago

      post by Elaine Harris written by Carolyn McAllan

      Every year on 11th November

      We pay tribute and remember

      All the brave who paid the price

      ...Paid the ultimate sacrifice

      Today we honour all the dead

      That's why we wear a poppy red

      Worn with honour, worn with pride

      For our freedom they fought and died

      Two minutes silence, nothing said


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      10 years ago

      Thank you very much for your comments out on Hub Pages.

      Giving thanks and praise to everyone is important – especially our Veterans across the continents and across the oceans. It is another human item that we all share in common.


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      Ivonete Dias de Almeida Rodrigues 

      10 years ago

      Congratulation, i just speak portuguese, but.. this is very important...Obrigado, pela inciativa.

      God Bless you.

      Yacm - Brazil -São Paulo - Alphaville - 12.2009

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      10 years ago

      The honor is mine - thank you for sharing with us!

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      jerry Calow 

      10 years ago

      I wrote this song to pay tribute to All Veterans and

      would be honored if you choose to post it on your Patriotic

      Web Site. I thank you and God Bless!

      A Tribute To Veterans

      In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past

      Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last

      Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be

      Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

      From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows

      From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

      Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas

      Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams

      They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair

      Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:

      They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

      And Carry On With The Rest of Their Lives

      The P.O.W.’S Stood Steadfast

      Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War

      They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did

      If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:

      They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

      And Carry On the Rest Of Their Lives

      Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike

      Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life

      They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night

      Not Questioning If They Would Survive:

      They Mended Bones And Bodies Too,

      They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls

      And for Those M.I.A’S, Who Were Left Behind

      We Echo This Message Across the Seas

      We Will search For as Long As It Takes

      You’re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:

      In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,

      In Our Minds For All Time

      A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

      Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

      To a Sacred Place That We All Know

      Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

      In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers

      In Our Minds For All Time




      These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds

      They’re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons

      They Enlisted For the Duty at Hand

      To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:

      They Had Honor, They Had Valor,

      They Found Glory That Change Them Forever

      Men Standing Tall and Proud They be

      A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea

      So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

      Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

      In the Sun, In the Rain

      In the Winds Across This Land

      Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here

      Gathering Around to Hear This Sound

      So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

      Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

      In the Sun, In the Rain,

      In the Winds Across This Land


      In the Sun, In the Rain,

      In the Winds For All Time

      Jerry Calow (copyright 2003 )

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      10 years ago from Canada

      Excellent Hub! ...and congratulations on your nomination! Belated welcome to Hub Pages!

      Dad and both grandfathers are vets - my dad was a career man - and I grew up with that same strong tradition of service. I sometimes think it must be bred in the bone ;) Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute!

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      10 years ago

      Good hub and congratulations on the nomination.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Kelly, I join you in paying tribute to the veterans. Truly, they are people whom we should honor. :) Have you heard the good news? This hub is a Hubnuggets Wannabe! To view this week's Hubnuggets, please follow this link:


    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia, USA

      A great Hub! This Old Soldier Salutes you, Hoooah!


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