I used to memorize poetry while doing my rounds at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. Of that lot, this is one of the first memorized.
To Lucasta, going off to the wars
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind
For, from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast, and quiet mind,
To war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith - embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this unconstancy is such
As you too shall adore;
For, I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not honour more.
-William Lovelace 1618-1658
The poem, 'Flanders' Fields' can really make me cry, but I think this might be my favorite Veterans Day related poem.
Both my grandfathers and both of my parents served in the military as non-combatants. I have nothing else really to say on this, except...Hate the war perhaps, but not the men and women who entered service to serve a cause greater than themselves, no matter where that may be.