Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembrance Day


Lest we forget.


IN FLANDERS FIELDS

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.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

11 comments:

Eileen said...

You know Beth, I had never heard of this poem(I know, what rock was I living under). It is so sad and beautiful. The poppies make it even more special...I didn't know the author was also a Candadian physician, who had watched his friend die in WW1, the day before. So powerful!! Do you have the stamp? What do they do in Canada on Rememberance day? In May right? Thank you so much for sharing this with me! My husband had never heard of it either, and he is a pretty big history buff. Pretty sad for us!
xoxo

All Mod Cons said...

Did you wear a poppy? I did. Every year, without fail.

Beth said...

eileen:
Remembrance Day is today - and we observe a two minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the time the Armistice of WW1 was signed.
I think many of ways we observe the day are similar to those you do on Memorial Day.
It is a beautiful poem.

all mod cons:
Today - and all last week.
Glad you did too.

Sherry said...

Beth, great minds (patriotic minds!) are thinking alike today. I posted the exact same image!!! I think this poem and the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month has been ingrained in us since elementary school. As it should be.

oreneta said...

Thank you my dear. They don't sell poppies here...thank you for the reminder.

Beth said...

sherry:
As it should continue to be ingrained in the hearts and minds of the children who follow us...

(geez, we are so in sync...it's becoming eerie...)

oreneta:
You're welcome.
And I should send you some poppies for next year!

Mrs. G. said...

Beth, this is one of my favorites. Thanks for putting it up.

Gary said...

Thanks Beth

Shari said...

This hits home more than you know now that I have a close family member in Iraq.

My father fought in the Korean War. (He loved M*A*S*H). When he was buried, they had a firing squad for veterans out there. What a tear jerker moment that was.

WWI and WWII-Let us not forget any one who fought. I have seen a lot of posts like this. :)

Beth said...

mrs. g:
One of my favourites, too. We memorized it as children - or at least the kids I knew in school did.

gary:
And thanks for your Remembrance post as well.

shari:
Thought of you when I posted this. Hopes and prayers for his safe return.

Princess Pointful said...

Amen :)