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About this book of resources for organisers of Remembrance Events and personal or public reflection on matters of war and peace

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Remembrance Poems and Readings - Invaluable for all who are preparing remembrance and memorial events or reflecting on matters of war and peace. 

A collection of poems, prayers, lyrics, famous statements and speeches with an introduction on the origin and meaning of remembrance events. 

Importance of Remembrance Day
in the National Calendar

No other day is more important in the national calendar than Remembrance Day. It is celebrated in every town, city and almost every village in the UK. Similar events take place around the world.

Remembrance event ideas  -  contemporary to ancient

Here is collection of words for remembrance events, and thoughts about remembrance, war and peace, spanning over two thousand years.

Amongst these traditional, ancient and new poems, prayers and readings there may be found pieces suitable for twenty-first century Remembrance and Memorial events, and meetings or services that may focus on issues of war and peace.  Some pieces may suggest ways of developing ideas for commemorative occasions.

Many of the items included in this collection will prove moving, thought provoking and even inspirational.

Some poems are offered by their authors free of any copyright charge if used for remembrance purposes. Most will grant free use for remembrance events on request.

The chapters of
Remembrance Poems and Readings

  • Introduction - (We will remember them, Peace at this time, Understanding remembrance, The changing meaning of remembrance day events, remembrance events today.)


  • Poems and Readings for Remembrance Events

  • Peace    

  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation  

  • “Why, Soldiers? Why?”  

  • Brothers in Arms   

  • Reasons for War     

  • Patriotism — Popular Patriotic and Uplifting Hymns and Songs    

  • Those Remaining    

  • Reflections on War    

  • Messages to Those Remaining    

  • “Say Not Soft Things”    

  • Personal Loss    


  • Brief introduction to international law against war   

  • Brief biographical notes on living contributors   

  • Authors’ personal introductions to their poems    

  • Details of remembrance organisations and those offering support for members of armed forces: Remembrance, Support, Peace, Human Rights

  • Copyright advice

  • Index of Titles and Authors 

Key facts about Remembrance Poems and Readings

120 pages paperback.

Poems and readings selected and introduced

by David Roberts.

Published by Saxon Books

ISBN 978-0-9528969-6-8
 £11-95 (UK).

Available from all book suppliers worldwide.
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The original War Poetry Website, researched and edited by David Roberts for nearly 20 years, 1999-2018 was number one in search results for "war poetry" for over 15 years. Re-written and re-designed 2019, it was launched 16 May 2019 at and replaces the original which used to be found at . Copyright 2020 David Roberts.

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