November 11, 2010

Today is Veteran’s Day here in the United States. It is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in other places. It originally commemorated the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, signed at 11 o’clock in the morning. A war in which there were an estimated 21 million casualties. For many European countries an entire generation was lost.

Today, at 11 a.m., if you think about it, stop what you are doing and remember that sacrifice, made so many years ago.

In Flanders Field

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.

John McCrae, 1915.


We Shall Keep the Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders Fields we fought

Poem penned by Moina Michael in November 1918 as a response to In Flanders Field.

Thank you, Veterans. Your sacrifices and all that you have given will not be forgotten.

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