Thanks for the tree
between me & a sniper's bullet.
I don't know what made the grass
sway seconds before the Viet Cong
raised his soundless rifle.
Some voice always followed,
telling me which foot
to put down first.
Thanks for deflecting the ricochet
Veterans Day, which originated as Armistice Day on the first anniversary of the end of World War I, is a United States federal holiday observed annually on November 11 in honor of individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Browse these poems for Veterans Day, and for more, visit our World War I resource page.