Top 5 Memorable Memorial Day Poems – #1

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Today is Memorial Day and I dedicate the day to the memory of all those who gave their lives so that we could live ours. Thank you and may you RIP.

I’ve been sharing my Top 5 Memorial Day poems leading up to this day . Here’s a look back at the Top 4:

  • #5 – ‘Memorial Day’ by C. W. Johnson
  • #4 – ‘When I’m Gone’ by Mrs. Lyman Hancock
  • #3 – ‘TAPS’ by Major General Daniel Butterfield
  • #2 – ‘Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep’ by Mary Frye

And here is my #1 Memorial Day poem – ‘Freedom Is Not Free’ by Kelly Strong:

Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

One comment on “Top 5 Memorable Memorial Day Poems – #1

  1. Jerry Plantz says:

    May I offer my popular video poem “Please Play Taps For Me” nearing 3,000 hits on YouTube. Jerry Plantz at

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