Remembrance / Armistice Day hymn suggestions

Poppy image over green, purple and white hymn sheets.A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs suitable for Remembrance Day ceremonies.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below, or email

Free-use hymns

Hymns for Remembrance Day services generally focus on God as protector in time of death and war, or on themes of peace-making.

The most commonly used free-use hymns at Remembrance Day commemoration services are:

Others hymns with protector / thankfulness themes include:
  • Be Still my Soul
  • Eternal Father Strong to Save
  • God the Omnipotent King who Ordainest
  • Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee    (which is set to the tune adopted as the EU anthem)
  • Judge Eternal Throned in Splendour
  • O God of Earth and Altar (GK Chesterton died in 1936 so this may not yet be public domain in all countries)
  • Once to Every Man and Nation
  • Out of the Depths
  • Praise, my Soul the King of Heaven
  • The Recessional (Kipling died in 1936, so this may not yet be public domain in all countries)
  • The Lord's My Shepherd
  • Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
  • Thy Kingdom Come O God
  • To Thee O God, we Fly

Peace-oriented copyright-free hymns include:

Hymns which may still be copyright

Eternal God Before whose Face we Stand -Dudley-Smith

Song for Remembrance Day de Silva

We Will Remember Them - Wilcock

See also

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