Memorial Day Songs As A Tribute


Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day – It commemorates U.S. soldiers who’ve died while in military service to our country. It’s meant to be a solemn day of remembrance to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice – those who gave or lost their lives in our nation’s service towards our cherished freedom. Presently we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May (formerly the observance use to take place on a set date each year – that being May 30).

We are eternally grateful for those men and women who unselfishly gave their lives while serving our country around the world during wartime – World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1945), the Korean War (1950-1953), the Vietnam War (1964-1975), the Gulf War (1990-1991) as well as those who have perished in the current War on Terror (2001-Present).

Many people traditionally observe Memorial Day locally by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a national level, a moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. in everyone’s local time zone. Another long time tradition is to fly the American flag at half-staff (half-massed) from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at local, regional and National Cemeteries. Many communities around the country stage parades, family activities and events, memorial assemblies and/or patriotic concerts on Memorial Day or over the long weekend.

Many Americans also look upon Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning or kick-off of summer – a three day holiday weekend to head out camping or backyard BBQ’s or water sports, etc. simply enjoying good times with family and friends.

Now – as far as songs to memorialize or to be dedicated to those who have died – the following list covers a wide array of songs from different eras, generations and genres – This should be able to help you in preparing a playlist or custom CD to use at whatever you’re planning during this holiday period. Lots of possibilities here to choose from and at least a few of them may be ideal to use as a memorial or tribute. A number of the songs listed here will probably overlap the ones listed on other posts that I  have made for Veteran’s Day, Independence Day (4th of July), American Pride & Patriotic Songs and the 9/11 (Patriot Day) Songs of Remembrance.

Memorial Day Songs As A Tribute

  1. 50,000 Names – George Jones
  2. A GI Wish – The Four Vagabonds
  3. A Soldier’s Prayer – Collin Raye
  4. America Is My Home – James Brown
  5. America We Stand As One – Dennis Madalone
  6. America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
  7. America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
  8. American Soldier – Toby Keith
  9. American Trilogy – Elvis Presley, Mickey Newberry
  10. American Tune – Paul Simon
  11. Arlington – Trace Adkins
  12. Ashes To Ashes – Steve Earle
  13. Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash
  14. Ballad of The Green Beret – SSgt. Barry Sadler
  15. Bang The Drum Slowly – Emmylou Harris
  16. Battle Hymn of The Republic – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  17. Belleau Wood – Garth Brooks
  18. Billy Don’t Be A Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
  19. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  20. Bring Them Home – Pete Seeger
  21. Brothers Under The Bridge – Bruce Springsteen
  22. Comin’ In On A Wing & A Prayer – The Four Vagabonds (1943)
  23. Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
  24. Day For Decision – Johnny Sea (1966)
  25. Days of America – Blackhawk
  26. Empty Boots – Carol Williams
  27. Everyday Angels – Radney Foster
  28. Far Away – Nickelback
  29. Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
  30. The Forgotten Soldier Boy – The Monroe Brothers (1936)
  31. Freedom – Paul McCartney
  32. God Bless The Soldier – Rhonda Vincent
  33. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  34. God, Country & Family – Craig Morgan
  35. Goodnight Saigon – Billy Joel
  36. Green Fields of France – Dropkick Murphys
  37. Hands That Built America – U2
  38. Have You Forgotten? – Darryl Worley
  39. He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings – Dinah Shore
  40. Hello God – Dolly Parton
  41. Hello Vietnam – Dave Dudley/Johnnie Wright
  42. Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
  43. Homeland – Kenny Rogers
  44. I Am Mine – Pearl Jam
  45. I Told Them What You’re Fighting For – Mother Maybelle Carter (1966)
  46. I Will Be Home Again – Golden Gate Quartet (1945)
  47. I’m Already There – Lonestar
  48. If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
  49. The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka
  50. In America – Charlie Daniels Band
  51. Just A Dream – Carrie Underwood
  52. Last Band of Brothers – Keni Thomas
  53. Last Day At Gettysburg
  54. Last Fallen Angel – Charlie Daniels
  55. Last Letter Home – Dropkick Murphys
  56. Let’s Roll – Neil Young
  57. Let’s Roll America – Bellamy Brothers
  58. Letter From America – The Proclaimers
  59. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
  60. Letters From War – Mark Schultz
  61. Living In The Promised Land – Willie Nelson
  62. More Beautiful Today – Mark McGuinn
  63. No One To Welcome Me Home – Hank Williams Sr.
  64. Oh Freedom – Pete Seeger
  65. One Letter Home – Jazz Gillum (1941)
  66. Only In America – Brooks & Dunn
  67. Our Country – John Mellencamp
  68. Overcome – Live
  69. The Patriot – Johnny Cash
  70. Point of Light – Randy Travis
  71. Poor Rebel Soldier – Flatt & Scruggs
  72. Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
  73. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
  74. Red, White & Blue – Brian McKnight
  75. Red, White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  76. Remember Pearl Harbor – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra
  77. Remembrance Day – Bryan Adams
  78. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball
  79. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
  80. Shhh, It’s A Military Secret – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  81. Singin’ The Vietnam Talkin’ Blues – Johnny Cash (1971)
  82. Soldier’s Joy – Jimmy Driftwood (1957)
  83. Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
  84. Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
  85. Still In Saigon – Charlie Daniels Band
  86. The Big Parade – 10,000 Maniacs
  87. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  88. There’s A Star Spangled Banner Flying Somewhere – Elton Britt (1942)
  89. This Ain’t No Rag (It’s A Flag) – Charlie Daniels Band
  90. This Is My Country – The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)
  91. This Is Worth Fighting For – Shep Fields (1942)
  92. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio
  93. Travelin’ Soldier -  Dixie Chicks
  94. What About Me – Kris Kristofferson
  95. What Made America Famous – Harry Chapin
  96. When A Soldier Makes It Home – Arlo Guthrie
  97. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  98. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  99. When You’re A Long, Long Way From Home – Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra
  100. Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary
  101. Where The Stars & Stripes & The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin

Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

2 Responses

  1. But why can’t we find the songs?

    Is merchandising even taking away our hearing?

    To offer the world, and remove our rights to hear…is wrong!

    -David Holliday, ex USAF

    BTW, Father was US Army Air Corps WWII, grandfather was RNAS/RFC, WWI, Wife was USAF 1Lt, Nam, Fatheri-n-Law Col, USAF, Rtd., Germany/Korea/Nam.

    But I like the Navy too.

  2. I would add David Bradley’s “Get a Hero Home”, written by Cory Batten and Phillip Pence. The song was released in December of 2011 but hasn’t had any commercial success. It tells of a soldier just home from Iraq trying to hitch a ride from Virginia to Tucson, Arizona and the truckers who get him home to his wife and baby. Bradley’s a country singer from England now living in Nashville.

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