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  •  Thank You Veterans (9+ / 0-)

    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

    Poppies

    John McCrae

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:22:00 PM PST

    •  Memorized by every Canadian schoolkid (0+ / 0-)

      McCrae was a Canadian officer, surgeon and poet who penned In Flanders Fields in 1915. He died of pneumonia in 1918.

      Remembrance Day is the only national "militaristic" day observed in Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador holds Memorial Day ceremonies to recall the Dominion of Newfoundland's disastrous losses on July 1, 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel, France) and is a stat holiday in some provinces.

      "They shall grow not old..." is an annual reminder for me of my two uncles buried in France and Belgium in 1944.

      They shall grow not old,
      as we that are left grow old:
      Age shall not weary them,
      nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun
      and in the morning
      We will remember them.

      Ils ne vieilliront pas
      comme nous, qui leur avons survécu.
      Ils ne connaîtront jamais
      l'outrage ni le poids des années.
      Quand viendra l'heure du crépuscule
      et celle de l'aurore,
      nous nous souviendrons d'eux.

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