Americans across the country will spend Friday recognizing the sacrifices of its veterans who have kept the United States safe and free for the past 240 years.
Veterans Day, a federal holiday, is a chance for people to "solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores," as former President Dwight Eisenhower described it in 1954. It's also an opportunity for people to rededicate themselves to "promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
There are many ways to observe Veterans Day, like thanking a veteran, donating to a military-focused charity or sending goods overseas. While you plan your day, listen to a few patriotic tunes in honor of American veterans.
"God Bless The U.S.A." — Lee Greenwood
"America" — Neil Diamond
"My Country Tis Of Thee" — Crosby & Nash
"The White Cliffs Of Dover" — the Righteous Brothers
"Some Gave All" — Billy Ray Cyrus
"American Armed Forces Medley" — the Vocal Majority
"Til The Last Shot's Fired" — Trace Adkins
"American Soldier" — Toby Keith
"Battle Hymn Of The Republic" — U.S. Military Bands
"Remember The Heroes" — Sammy Hagar
"Star-Spangled Banner" — Lee Greenwood
"Arlington" — Trace Adkins
Looking for more?
Check out music from the bands associated with the various military branches. Eighth Army Band conductor Lt. Col. Domingos Robinson wrote on his blog earlier this year during a funding battle that military bands deserve Americans' support.
"We make Americans feel good about their military and their country; we create connections between cultures; we set the stage for strategic talks; we bridge the gap; we provide context; we help people celebrate and we help people mourn," he explained, according to the Military Times.