Remembrance Day...


Today is Remembrance Day in Canada or Veteran's Day in the U.S.

Today is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war. It is observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War 1 on this date in 1918.


In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army



In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.



We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.



Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Comments

Brian Miller said…
a fitting tribute, the verse was stirring....
JW.BW said…
Thank you for sharing this
otin said…
Wow! Especially when you take time to see who wrote it!
Joshua said…
That was my favorite part of "Mr. Holland's Opus" when that poem was read at the kid's funeral. Oh, hell, it was a brilliant movie altogether. Thanks for posting it here.

I left you an award at my blog. I took some liberties with the rules; I don't like rules. Come on by to pick it up, if you're interested in that kind of thing.

-Joshua
Gavin said…
I've never read that before. Thanks for sharing. I really liked it.

I left you an award btw. (:
sas said…
it really is a beautiful poem.

we have armistice day in the uk and here in london the whole city is awash with poppies.
Sylvia said…
Very touching. I didn't know this poem.
CrazyCris said…
sad and sweet...

It's a holiday here in Belgium as well... but WW1 is so far away I've never given it much thought outside of my history classes and the occasional movie... that and to enjoy a 3-day weekend when it land son the right day (not this year, argh!!!)
Thanks everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed it. As a child, this was one poem we were taught to memorize in school, so it's special in more ways than one.
Jen said…
It seems a lot of us posted this poem. It is beautiful. It's good to see people remembering that it is more than just a day off.

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