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55 Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

Updated on August 26, 2017
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Make a playlist about soldiers and veterans to honor those who protect your liberty.  We have a long list of pop, rock, metal, and country songs to get you started.
Make a playlist about soldiers and veterans to honor those who protect your liberty. We have a long list of pop, rock, metal, and country songs to get you started. | Source

Soldiers Put It All on the Line for Freedom

Chances are that you have a veteran or active military member in your social network. But have you stopped to truly listen to their story and reflect on what their contributions mean to your freedom?

Men and women in uniform have put it all on the line for their country, setting aside their personal lives, often at great expense to their families and themselves. How often do you express your gratitude for their sacrifices?

Recognize veterans' heroic contributions to preserving liberty and freedom with a custom playlist. Here's a long list of pop, rock, and country songs about military personnel. You don't have to wait until Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or Fourth of July to reflect on their heroism.

1. "For You" by Keith Urban

The soldier in this heartrending 2012 hit has a wife and an unborn child who wait for him at home. But in the heat of combat, with smoke, fire, and bullets flying, he doesn't think twice about taking a bullet for his fellow soldier. He knows this sacrifice is his duty and that others would do the same for him. That's the heroism of our men and women in uniform.

2. "American Soldier" by Toby Keith

Toby Keith drew fire from fans when he appeared at Donald Trump's pre-inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial and sang this 2003 country hit. It describes an American soldier—a family man, a hard worker, steady, brave, honorable, and good under pressure. In answering critics, the singer noted that he had appeared at the inauguration events of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

15 Ideas for Honoring Veterans on Veteran's Day and Beyond

 
 
 
Attend a Veteran's Day event.
Write an open letter or poem about what veterans' sacrifices have meant to you and this nation. Send copies to the nearest military post or VA hospital.
Treat a veteran to lunch or dinner.
Donate your time, money, or goods to a veterans charity.
Ask a veteran (relative, neighbor, coworker, friend) about their time in the service and truly listen. Thank them for their service.
Educate children about what veterans have done for this country. Inform them about relatives, coaches, neighbors and family friends who are veterans.
Organize a bulletin board at work or school displaying the names and photos of veterans, active duty and reservists.
Loved ones and next of kin can order a free Presidential Memorial Certificate from the National Cemetary Administration signed by the current President (for honorably discharged deceased veterans).
Extend a broad thank you to all veterans and active duty personnel on social media. Or do a social media shout out to specific people in your life who are veterans.
Take a moment to share with your family and friends why veterans are important.
Make a custom playlist for your favorite veteran, reservist, or active duty military member.
Leave a flag or fresh flowers at a veteran's grave. Remove any debris and tend to the gravesite while you are there.
Visit Arlington and other war cemetaries and/or war memorials and take in the gravity of veterans' sacrifice.
Watch patriotic movies.
Learn the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
How do you honor military veterans? Share your unique idea with us in the Comments Section below.

3. "8th of November" by Big & Rich

This poignant 2005 country song tells the story of Niles Harris, a 19-year-old boy from Deadwood, South Dakota, who hugged his mother goodbye as he left home for the army to fight during the Vietnam War. Just a few months later, on November 8, 1965, he encountered an epic battle he would remember the rest of his life.

Forty-eight fellow soldiers died in combat that day, and Niles was left with shrapnel in his leg as a reminder of their sacrifice. Decades later, he still honors their service on the 8th of November by putting on a suit and tie.

In case you're wondering ... yes, Niles is indeed real.

4. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

In this haunting 2005 rock hit describing loss, the narrator is going through a difficult time and mourns his innocence. Although the song was written about the passing of Green Day lead lead singer's father, its video depicts a couple separate by the Iraq War.

Studies suggest that among soldiers who served in Iraq and Afganistan, about one in five suffer post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Among Vietnam Era veterans, as many as 80% reported symptoms when interviewed 20-25 years after Vietnam.
Studies suggest that among soldiers who served in Iraq and Afganistan, about one in five suffer post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Among Vietnam Era veterans, as many as 80% reported symptoms when interviewed 20-25 years after Vietnam. | Source

5. "Warrior" by Kid Rock

The National Guard used this 2008 rock song by Kid Rock as a recruitment tool. It features a narrator who celebrates his status as a citizen soldier. He's ready to go when liberty calls because he understands that freedom isn't free.

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6. "Indestructible" by Disturbed

Meant to be a battle anthem to encourage American soldiers and pump them up as they prepare for combat, this 2008 hard rock song is enough to make anyone feel unassailable. It speaks of no hesitation, a sworn duty to protect, and the honor of returning home victorious.

7. "Didn't I" by Montgomery Gentry

The 2002 movie We Were Soldiers featured this moving country song on its soundtrack. The song describes a Vietnam era veteran who returns home from war only to face judgment and criticism instead of appreciation for his service.

Rhetorically, the veteran asks whether he burned and bled enough and endured enough physical and emotional pain to warrant a better homecoming. About 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era (1964 to 1975). Many faced protests, indifference, and a dearth of resource assistance with reintegrating into American society after the war.

Veterans Day, celebrated November 11, honors service members both alive and deceased.  Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, honors military members who died while serving their country.
Veterans Day, celebrated November 11, honors service members both alive and deceased. Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, honors military members who died while serving their country. | Source

8. "'Til The Last Shot's Fired" by Trace Adkins

This country song from 2008 commemorates soldiers from the American Civil War to World War II to Vietnam. The nature of the conflict may have been different, but the horror of war is the same. The narrator urges us all to say a prayer for peace.

9. "Brothers" by Dean Brody

Brothers can be counted on, although they don't always express their emotions well verbally. That's the message behind this tender 2009 country song that shares memories from the narrator's childhood.

A young boy's older brother is leaving for the military, and at first the child preferred not to say goodbye, thinking that he could deny his brother's leaving away. At the last moment, the boy runs to his brother and offers to clean his room, give him his rookie Joe DiMaggio card, anything to prevent his departure.

Two years later, the soldier returns in a wheelchair and says that he's sorry that his younger sibling has to push him home. The younger brother replies, "This is what brothers are for."

10. "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Recognized by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," this seminal 1969 rock song is also one of Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

During the Vietnam era, "Fortunate Son" was an anti-war anthem that was used to express rebuke for people who supported war but didn't have to bear its burdens, either financially or by serving. About three-fourths of the military personnel who served in Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

11. "Citizen Soldier" by 3 Doors Down

This 2007 rock song pays tribute to the National Guard:

Hope and pray that you'll never need me,
But rest assured I will not let you down.
I'll walk beside you but you may not see me,
The strongest among you may not wear a crown.

It was used as a part of the National Guard's recruiting campaign and references the vital role that the Guard plays in both homeland security and national defense.

America's citizen soldiers may be activated to respond to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and wildfires. They may also be deployed to help when peace is threatened by riots, civil unrest and terrorist events.

12. "The Pride" by Five Finger Death Punch

This high energy 2011 metal song conveys an American soldier's strength, pride, and unwavering readiness to defend, whatever the cost. In rapid succession, the song lists many iconic elements of American culture to represent all that a soldier protects when he or she serves our country. Our freedom, values and way of life hangs in the balance when troops are called to defend our country.

13. "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" by Shinedown

Written for the 2010 movie The Expendables, this rock song expresses the intensity of being on the front line of combat. With nothing to lose, a soldier operates on sheer adrenaline and a "fist first" mentality, thinking quickly in a brutal high-stakes battle.

14. "Letters From Home" by John Michael Montgomery

Sometimes simple things such as letters can do wonders to boost soldier morale. In this 2004 country song, a young soldier receives a letter from his mother about the details of everyday life back at home. He also gets a love letter from his fiance and a brief letter from his stoic dad that shares how proud he is of his son. Each helps to spur him on amidst the terrible uncertainty that is war.

15. "Hey Brother" by Avicci

This 2013 pop song expresses the devotion felt between siblings and others who still feel intensely connected when one of them is far away. Although separated by distance, they sense when the other is lonely or in danger:

Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do.

16. "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" by Toby Keith

After 9/11, this country song became a rousing anthem for the guys and gals in uniform. Full of bravado, the 2002 song features a narrator fondly recalling his war hero father. Then he launches into a promise of American vengeance for the sucker punch terrorist attack on 9/11:

Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
`Cause we`ll put a boot in your a*s
It`s the American way.

17. "Some Gave All" by Billy Ray Cyrus

The narrator in this touching 1992 country hit recalls a friend who matured dramatically after his combat experiences. The friend remarked that when you think of your liberty, think of him as well as other veterans. The veteran explained to the narrator that "All gave some; some gave all."

Fifteen U.S. Presidents have not served in the military:  Trump, Obama, Clinton, FDR, Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Wilson, Taft, Cleveland, Fillmore, Van Buren, John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, and John Adams.
Fifteen U.S. Presidents have not served in the military: Trump, Obama, Clinton, FDR, Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Wilson, Taft, Cleveland, Fillmore, Van Buren, John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, and John Adams. | Source

18. "Heaven Was Needing a Hero" by Jo Dee Messina

In this 2010 country song, the sweetheart of a fallen soldier visits his grave. Although she always told him that he wouldn't be called home until it was his time, she justifies his untimely death as due to heaven's needing a hero.

The Veterans Administration estimates that over 7% of all living Americans has served in the military at some point in their lives.
The Veterans Administration estimates that over 7% of all living Americans has served in the military at some point in their lives. | Source

19. "Letters from the Garden of Stone" by Everlast

A combat soldier sits by the moonlight readying himself for battle at daylight in this 2008 rock song. At first, he shows little emotion about what he has to do -- kill or be killed. He tries to push back thoughts of family members, however the more their memories begin to creep in, the more he questions whether he's doing the right thing fighting.

20. "The Other Little Soldier" by Josh Gracin

Feel the lump in your throat form as you listen to this country tune from 2004. It describes a small boy who plays dress up in his dad's military uniform. Even though he doesn't have the maturity to understand what his father is fighting for, the child is proud and wants to grow up just like his role model.

When Uncle Sam calls his dad to combat, sadly, his dad returns in a flag-draped casket. The little boy gives his father one last goodbye salute. This child represents the legion of military family members who also make sacrifices in wartime and in peace.

There are seven uniformed branches of the U.S. military:  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps.
There are seven uniformed branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps. | Source

Even More Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Travelin' Soldier
Dixie Chicks
2002
22. Riding with Private Malone
David Ball
2001
23. Goodnight Saigon
Billy Joel
1982
24. I Want You to Live
George Canyon
2007
25. If I Don't Make It Back
Tracy Lawrence
2005
26. If You're Reading This
Tim McGraw
2007
27. Arlington
Trace Adkins
2005
28. Come Home Soon
SHeDaisy
2004
29. 50,000 Names Carved in the Wall
George Jones
2001
30. Belleau Wood
Garth Brooks
1997
31. I Just Came Back (from a War)
Darryl Worley
2006
32. Soldiers and Jesus
James Otto
2010
33. I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice
2012
34. The Ballad of the Green Berets
Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler
1966
35. Remember the Heroes
Sammy Hagar
1982
36. Sam Stone
John Prine
1971
37. Who You'd Be Today
Kenny Chesney
2005
38. One Hell of an Amen
Brantley Gilbert
2014
39. Fallen Soldier
Nathan Fair
2013
40. Once I Was
Tim Buckley
1967
41. Orange Crush
R.E.M.
1988
42. I Was Only 19
Redgum
1983
43. Still a Soldier
Trace Adkins
2017
44. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
1969
45. War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)
T.G. Sheppard
1982
46. More Than a Name on a Wall
The Statler Brothers
1989
47. Castle of Glass
Linkin Park
2013
48. Wrong Side of Heaven
Five Finger Death Punch
2014
49. Rooster
Alice in Chains
1993
50. For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica
1984
51. I Remember (It's Happening Again)
Griffin House
2008
52. Camoflague
Stan Ridgway
1986
53. Just a Dream
Carrie Underwood
2008
54. 19
Paul Hardcastle
1985
55. Soldier Boy
The Shirelles
1962
Got a song suggestion about soldiers and veterans? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.

What's In a Name? Locations With Names Associated With Soldiers

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A markerBattle Ground, Indiana, USA -
Battle Ground, IN, USA
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B markerBattlefield, Missouri, USA -
Battlefield, MO, USA
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C markerBrave, Pennsylvania, USA -
Brave, PA, USA
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D markerDuty Township, Arkansas, USA -
Duty Township, AR, USA
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E markerHonor, Michigan, USA -
Honor, MI 49640, USA
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F markerMerit, Texas, USA -
Merit, TX 75442, USA
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G markerMission, Texas, USA -
Mission, TX, USA
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H markerNorth Hero Township, Minnesota, USA -
North Hero Township, MN, USA
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I markerSoldier, Iowa, USA -
Soldier, IA 51572, USA
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J markerVictory, New York, USA -
Victory, NY 13033, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 24 hours ago from USA

      Catherine - The sheer reality that not only war but also an intentional nuclear catastrophe could happen amidst Trump's war of egos with other madmen like him make me shudder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and perspective.

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      Catherine Giordano 28 hours ago from Orlando Florida

      I am very afraid that Trump will bumble the U.S. into new military conflicts, and even, nuclear war. Consequently, all the Vietnam era antiwar songs are on a loop in my brain. Many of the songs on this playlist take the antiwar theme down to a personal level. P.S. "Brothers" made me cry.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

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      Well there was a few songs in there that I my partner and her disabled and mentally daughter was just wanting to laugh dance and have a wonderful night together. Thank you. 3 weeks ago

      Well there was a few songs in there that l my partner and her disabled and mentally daughter loved we were just wanting to have laughter,dance and a wonderful night. Thank you

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      James - Thanks for your comment. These songs are already on the list at 26, 33, and 22 respectively. Have a nice week!

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      James Calkins 4 weeks ago

      if your reading this - Tim McGraw

      I drive your truck - lee Brice

      Riding with pvt Malone - David Ball

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

      Shyron - Thank you for the suggestion. Adding it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 weeks ago from Texas

      I have another one for you, Soldier Boy.

      I do hope all is well with you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

      Ray - Thank you for that addition. It's #53 now.

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      Ray 7 weeks ago

      Carrie Underwood Just a Dream

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago

      I thought you had "One Tin Soldier" on here. I love the song lyrics.

      One tin soldier

      Listen people to a story

      That was written long ago,

      'bout a kingdom on a mountain

      And the valley folks below.

      On the mountain was a treasure

      Hidden deep beneath a stone,

      And the valley people swore

      They'd have it for their very own.

      Go ahead and hate your neighbor,

      Go ahead and cheat a friend.

      Do it in the name of heaven,

      You can justify it in the end.

      There won't be any trumpets blowing,

      Come the judgment day,

      On the bloody morning after

      One tin soldier rides away.

      So the people of the valley

      Sent a message up the hill,

      Asking for the buried treasure

      Tons of gold for which they'd kill.

      Came the answer from the kingdom,

      With our brothers we will share,

      All the riches of the mountain,

      All the treasure buried there.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thanks for your suggestion of "One Tin Soldier." I'll add it to the following playlist: https://spinditty.com/playlists/Pop-Rock-and-Count...

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      cheng liu - Thanks for the suggestions!

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      cheng liu 2 months ago

      Great list, some hip hop song should be on the list, like Eminem.

      For example, Like Toy Soldiers, Soldier, and Mosh

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Ryan - Thanks for the suggestion. It's a sad situation that I hope doesn't happen much.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Great list. I think I would add Metallica's One. I am glad to see Alice in Chains Rooster on here. Love that song.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Johnny - Thanks to your family members for their service. I'm glad you shared their story.

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      Johnny 2 months ago

      My family has a long line of people who have been in the in 2013 my uncle Tommy Williams who had been a six time world kickboxing champion of the welter weight division in the 1980s died does he was a green beret staff sergeant in Vietnam so I'd like to thank u for that song about green berets and I'd like to thank all of our veterans I also have a brother in the army and sister in law in the air force

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Yt - Thank you, kind person, for your sentiment. Our troops need our support in times of war as well as peace.

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      Yt 4 months ago

      I Thank All Our Soldiers Everyday And God Bless All Of Them

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Darcy - Thank you for the recommendation. I have added this song as #51. Thank a soldier or veteran this holiday weekend (or any day).

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      Darcy 4 months ago

      I remember (it's happening again), Griffin House

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Paula - What a patriotic family you have! Thank you for sharing your thoughts tonight. The soldiers are definitely top of my mind with the action in Syria. Knowing that we have some troops who are in Syria makes me concerned for their safety. Have a good weekend.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This hub makes me think of all the people in my life who have served in the Military, especially who have spent time overseas during war time. Besides countless friends, people I grew up with & of course Class-mates (Viet Nam), my Dad was a U.S.Marine during WWII, and my son, also a U.S. Marine (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

      IMHO, "we" can never do enough for our Military to show our respect & gratitude. Songs dedicated to them are certainly a special gesture & the specific dates during the year that are dedicated to honoring our Veterans~all very important & deserved.. I love the Veteran's Day Parade each year!

      In going over your list, F.A. I recognize quite a few of these songs. I always enjoy the list of towns & cities you always include too!

      Thanks for yet another wonderful Hub on SONGS! Peace, Paula

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Catherine - I share your concern about Syria and all of those who are or will be in harm's way. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 months ago from Orlando Florida

      This is beautifully done, but it makes me too sad to think about war and death. it's bring teas to my mind. Especially today because I am thinking of Syria, the deaths of the Syrians, and maybe the American soldiers who will die if the U.S. gets involved in a war in Syria. I hope you can find some songs that sing about peace and brotherly love and do a play list about that.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Girl, you're good at this. Thank you for the suggestions. I have added them. I recall T.G. Sheppard's song back in the day and always loved him. Then he just evaporated from country music, or so it seemed. And Kenny Rogers. Can you believe that he first sang this song when he was part of Kenny Rogers and The New Edition? Go to wikipedia to look up his photo. He was a good looking young man back in 1969! Thanks for the effort you invested in this. I now wake up with songs on the brain that need to go on certain playlists!

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, I did not see two songs that would be great on this list.

      War is Hell (on the Home Front too) -- TG Sheppard (#1 on Hot Country Billboard 1982)

      Ruby, Don't take your love to town -- Kenny Rogers 2001

      Blessings

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Jo - That probably did keep your dad lower on the priority list to serve. Oftentimes, military service seems to "run in families." We are so grateful for those who serve and keep us all free. Thank you for stopping by even though the topic wasn't something you could identify with. Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Genna - I like CCR's Fortunate Son, too, and although I'm typically not much for heavy metal songs, that Band of Brothers song is a good one. Thank you for reading!

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      Genna East 7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful! This is one of my favorites. I've tried to pick one song I like best, but I can't. They are all too poignant and meaningful, although I will always love Credence's iconic Fortunate Son. Band of Brothers is probably one of the few heavy metal songs I really like. Well done.

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      Jo Miller 7 months ago from Tennessee

      I was born about a year after World War II started for the USA. The hope, I was always told, was that I and my two older siblings would help keep my father out of the war. It seemed to work. I've never had any close relatives in the military. Not my father, either of my grandfathers, brothers, children, or spouse. So it all seems very removed for me. Something from the movies and hard to identify with.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Gypsy Rose Lee - Thank you for commenting. I often don't realize there are so many songs in a topic area until I begin a playlist either! Have a wonderful week.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      An interesting and most informative hub as always. I didn't realize there were so many songs about soldiers. Of course they do deserve it so it was of interest to find out there were so many. I was aware of the ones from the Vietnam era and of course The Ballad of the Green Berets.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Larry - Yes, I agree. The biggest travesty is sending them in harm's way when it's unnecessary. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Larry Rankin 7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Some wonderful tunes. I sure hate to see our troops mistreated, whether it's the people uneccasarily putting them in harms way or people not giving them the respect they deserve.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Suhail - Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I wish you a wonderful week and hope that you'll return with suggestions.

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      Suhail and my dog K2 7 months ago

      FlourishAnyway,

      This is a great list and I have heard and still listen to many songs from this list.

      There are many others by 'B' grade rockers that I know, but that's for some other day.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Great to hear about the women, too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      I almost forgot, my aunt was a WAC she was a registered nurse for the Women's Army Corp.

      I enlisted in the Women's Marines, but did not serve.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Linda - Yes, I agree. There is too much conflict in the world. It would be a much better world if we simply had peace. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think it's very sad that humans need a military to fight people from other countries, but the reality is that we do. Thank you for creating this article, Flourish. Military personnel and veterans are brave people that deserve our respect.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Heidi - You're right, lots of country. I'm so jealous you got to see 3 Doors Down in concert. Chicago gets all the great acts performing there. Thanks for stopping by and hope your weekend is a grand one!

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      Heidi Thorne 7 months ago from Chicago Area

      Another great list! Lots of country. Got to see 3 Doors Down last year. Great choice! Hope you've had a great week. Have a lovely weekend ahead!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Bill - We have to widen your circle of music, buddy! Glad one came to mind. Hope others were familiar. Have a fantastic weekend..

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Linda - You must be tremendously proud of them all. Please let them know that we all appreciate what they have done for their country. We also thank your family for the sacrifices made in support of their service.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Nell - Thank you for stopping by to share a bit about your family service members. We salute their service!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Coffeequeeen - Thank you for your kind encouragement! I've never heard Dolly's version. Going to go find it on YouTube. She has such a lovely voice.

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      Louise Powles 7 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I'm glad that you included Sgt Barry Sadler's The Ballard of the Green Beret. I like that song a lot. Dolly Parton's version is nice too.

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      Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

      Brilliant list Flourish Green Day and the wonderful Avicci! and of course all the others too. My family were in the Airforce and Army so this is pretty poignant stuff, wonderful!

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - Thank you for a beautiful tribute to our military, past and present. My husband is a Vietnam-era veteran and I have two dear great nephews who are presently serving--one is in the air national guard and the other in in special ops. My prayers begin each time he has to leave and don't cease until he is safely back home to his wife and two little sons.

      This is a beautiful collection of songs.

      By the way, there is also a town in Washington (Clark County) named Battle Ground.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      John - I had never heard of the song but it made quite an impression. I was especially touched by the way it describes PTSD symptoms all those years later. Thanks for broadening our horizons. I've added the song at #42. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Shyron - What a family! I am so impressed that you have traced them and their service back so far! My father is also a history and geneaology buff. Taps has to be the saddest, loneliest song not only for what it represents but for the way that it is played. There is a monument near my home commemorating the place on a Civil War battlefield where it was allegedly written. I got married at the site and it was a little funny. We had to have someone standing next to the monument to make sure a tourist didn't push the button to play (loudly!) "Taps" during our wedding ceremony. It worked but apparently it's happened before when people didn't plan so well.

      Thank you for your rich and detailed comment. So interesting!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      stevarino - Thank you for the addition! I can always count on you to chip in!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Thank you for your kind words. We can only hope they are only send in harm's way when absolutely needed.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Kaili Billson - Yes, haunting! Wow. Added as #40, and thank you so much for the suggestion! I appreciate your contribution.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Kyriaki - Fascinating to understand other countries' views of their militaries. I'm so happy we've gone from the Vietnam era when some of our dear soldiers were spat upon when returning home to being thanked (regardless of what individual citizens feel about the particular conflict). Glad I helped you find that song! Have a lovely weekend!

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      Kaili Bisson 7 months ago from Canada

      Great list as always!

      Can I add one? How about "Once I Was" by Tim Buckley. It is a haunting song and was on the "Coming Home" soundtrack.

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      Steve Dowell 7 months ago from East Central Indiana

      "Orange Crush" - REM.

      Thanks for yet another entertaining hub!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      "All gave some; some gave all." You revive our respect and appreciation for our brave soldiers. This playlist doubles as a national tribute to all who ever served. Great work!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      This is beautiful! My family in the Military.

      G.G.G.G. grandfather John Thompson died 1755 fighting w/George Washington and named his son George Washington Thompson.

      G.G.G. grandfather George Washington Thompson Sr. war of 1812 (son wed dau of James Alexander)

      G.G.G. grandfather James Alexander. War of 1812 (dau wed son of GW Thompson Sr.)

      G.G. grandfather George Washington Thompson Jr. Civil of 1861-1865

      Many Uncles in Korean War

      My father and Dad (step father) WWII

      Both brothers injured in Vietnam

      ~ ~ ~ ~

      The most famous military song of all time, its tune played daily on Military bases.

      Other stories of the origin of Taps exist. A popular, yet false, one is that of a Northern boy who was killed fighting for the south. His father, Robert Ellicombe, a Captain in the Union Army, came upon his son’s body on the battlefield and found the notes to Taps in a pocket of the dead boy’s Confederate uniform. He had the notes sounded at the boy’s funeral. There is no evidence to back up the story or the existence of a Captain Ellicombe.

      There are no official words to the music, but below are some of the more popular verses.

      Day is done, Gone the sun,

      From the lake, From the hill,

      From the sky.

      All is well, Safely rest,

      God is nigh.

      Thanks and praise, For our days,

      ’Neath the sun, ’Neath the stars,

      ’Neath the sky,

      As we go, This we know,

      God is nigh.

      Fades the light; And afar

      Goeth day, And the stars

      Shineth bright,

      Fare thee well; Day has gone,

      Night is on.

      Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,

      May the Soldier or Sailor,

      God keep.

      On the land or the deep,

      Safe in sleep.

      Love, good night, Must thou go,

      When the day, And the night

      Need thee so?

      All is well. Speedeth all

      To their rest

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, at least this time I could think of one...and it was #2 on the list, so I'm improving and back in the game. :)

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, this is a very worthy list of songs dedicated to soldiers and veterans everywhere. One song that always springs to my mind is a song by Australian group Redgum called "I Was Only 19". Maybe you'd like to check it out.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 7 months ago

      Even though we -here in Greece- have an entirely different perspective on the army's contribution to society, I really enjoyed this playlist you put together, Flourish!

      In fact, you helped me track down a song I've been looking for a long time now: "Hey, Brother" by Avicii.

      Thank you so much for this list! Sharing right now...

      PS: I hope your gluten-intolerance tests came out negative. Fingers crossed!