Memorial Day Reading List – Books To Honor Veterans

It is a blessing to have been raised in a country with so much freedom, but freedom is not free. It is paid for and protected by our military. Today is a day to commemorate and express gratitude for members of the American military who have died in defense of our country. It’s a day to appreciate all veterans. While I do not think largely in terms of patriotism or nationalism, I am deeply thankful for our veterans, their sacrifices, and their service to this country.

There are certain books that have fed my appreciation and admiration for our veterans. It is in these books that I have seen glimpses of the sacrifices, perseverance, brotherhood, and bravery that so elevate our servicemen and servicewomen in my estimation. Some are Novels that depict reality well and others are reality that is more captivating than fiction.

If you haven’t read the following I encourage you strongly to do so. They are powerful satires of the sacrifices our veterans made in multiple wars to defend the United States.


by Laura Hillenbrand










Flags of Our Fathers

by James Bradley & Ron Powers










Horse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton









The Pacific

by Hugh Ambrose











by Karl Marlantes










To the Last Man

by Jeff Shaara










Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell