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13 of the Best Patriotic Poems

Is Independence Day right around the corner? Wanting to share your love for America with your friends and family at a gathering? Patriotic poems are the best way to do that.

We Americans have a lot to thank our nation for. It certainly has its flaws, but it’s inarguably among the leading global nations and one of the best places to live worldwide. If you’re a patriot and find it hard to put your love and devotion for America into well-structured words, we have just the thing for you: poetry – the ultimate medium for conveying heartfelt emotion.

Our catalog of the 13 best patriotic poems features profound and meaningful verses that will leave any American touched and influenced. These poems have been written by some of the most brilliant and patriotic Americans that history remembers, so you can expect to see some big names and famous poets.

An exhibition of patriotism isn’t limited to the fourth of July; we also have poems for several other noteworthy American events such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces day.

So no matter the occasion, you’ll find something suitable. The poems themselves talk about the value of American Freedom and the struggles undergone in order to obtain it.

Let’s move on to the first entry on our list:

Best Patriotic Poems

1.) “A Little Boy and a Cherry Tree”

A little boy and a cherry tree,
A strong young man who proved to be
A worker with his brain and hand,
A soldier for his well-loved land,
A statesman answering the call
Of home and country, over all,
A glorious patriot, noble son,
A soldier—President—a man!
Was Washington!

– Annette Wynne

2.) “Freedom in America”

Freedom in America
Isn’t really free;
We often pay a price
To keep our liberty.

Remember those we loved,
Who fought for us, and died;
And those we never knew
For whom others mourned and cried.

At home our “war” for freedom
Is sadly overdue;
We’ve let corruption stage
A sad and grievous coup.

No longer can we brush off
Dishonesty and greed,
Lust for wealth and power;
We can’t, we won’t concede.

Complacency is weakness
Patriots can’t afford;
We have to act on wrongs
That cannot be ignored.

We must give up some time,
Spent on other pleasures,
To restore America’s freedom,
To keep America’s treasures.

Money spent on trifles
Must now go to our cause:
Get rid of the offenders,
Constitutional outlaws.

Freedom in America
Isn’t really free
It’s up to American patriots;
It’s up to you and me.

– Joanna Fuchs

3.) “Great Washington”

Great Washington,
O, to be a worthy son
To you, to hear the clarion call
Of home and country over all,
And to answer it like you,
Standing firm and staunch and true,
Head erect, and facing foe,
Strong in weal and strong in woe,
In my country’s need;
O, to be indeed
A worthy son
To you, great Washington!

– Annette Wynne

4.) “A Nation’s Strength”

What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock…

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

5.) “Honor Our Military”

Let’s honor our military,
The men and women who serve,
Whose dedication to our country
Does not falter, halt or swerve.

Let’s respect them for their courage;
They’re ready to do what’s right
To keep America safe,
So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,
Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,
Whose discipline we can’t imagine,
Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warriors
And their helpers good and true;
They’re fighting for American values;
They’re fighting for me and you.

– Joanna Fuchs

6.) “Song of Our Land”

Mountainland, fountainland, shoreland and sea,
God’s land thou art surely—His gift to the free;
How blest are thy children wherever they roam
To claim thee their country, their hope, and their home.

– Annette Wynne

7.) “I Hear America Singing”

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work…

– Walt Whitman

8.) “The Tyrants”

The tyrants are on the loose again;
They hate all but their own.
They give their lives to kill us,
To scatter our blood and bone.

They care not whom they murder,
Whether woman, man or child;
Their minds are full of fury;
Their sickness has gone wild.

To rule the world with violence
Is their one and only goal;
Terror is their method;
They want complete control.

We’ve seen it all before,
And we could not let it be;
We gave our lives for freedom,
For the world, and for you and me.

We fight all forms of oppression,
Helping victims far and near,
To keep the world from chaos,
To protect what we hold dear.

America’s the only country
That gives with its whole heart,
And asks so very little;
We always do our part.

So let’s unite again
To subdue our newest foe,
Whatever we must do,
Wherever we must go.

Let’s show the world once more
That America is blessed
With people who are heroes,
Who meet each and every test.

– Joanna Fuchs

9.) “Love of Country”.

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;

– Sir Walter Scott

10.) “The New Colossus”

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

– Emma Lazarus

11.) “Where the Towers Stood”

A burned-out crater lay in ruins for years,
While Americans, heartbroken, dried their tears,
A gaping maw where once twin towers stood,
A hole created by evil attacking good.

When terrorists bombed skyscrapers made of steel,
Americans struggled through a cruel ordeal.
Yet through this tragedy we found some good;
We found community and brotherhood.

Whenever a terrorist attack on us begins,
The American spirit rises, and always wins.
Our battle with these terrorists is not done;
Remember, nine-eleven, two thousand one.

– Joanna Fuchs

12.) “Song of the American Eagle”

I build my nest on the mountain’s crest,
Where the wild winds rock my eaglets to rest,
Where the lightnings flash, and the thunders crash,
And the roaring torrents foam and dash;
For my spirit free henceforth shall be
A type of the sons of Liberty.

– Unknown

13.) “Stand by the Flag”

Stand by the flag! its folds have streamed in glory—
To foes a fear, to friends a festal robe,
And spread in rythmic lines the sacred story
Of freedom’s triumphs over all the globe.

Stand by the flag! on land and ocean billow;
By it your fathers stood, unmoved and true;
Living, defended; dying, from their pillow,
With their last blessing, passed it on to you.

– John P. Keys

Summary

And that’s a wrap. We hope you enjoyed reading through our curation and were inspired by the bold messages these poems convey. If you found a poem to your liking, share it with a friend or family member.
Not only will you be sending them some high-quality poetry that makes for a pleasant read, but you’ll also be doing your part in preserving and propagating the spirit of American Freedom. These poems also make for an excellent social media post on Independence Day.
Cheers. We wish you a happy fourth of July.