Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010. Lest We Forget

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.


  1. Thank you for posting this, Cuzzie. I'm watching the ceremonies on CBC. Interviews with mothers of fallen soldiers are just heartbreaking.

  2. Phyllis:
    The poem you posted is most appreciated. Growing up in Canada, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" was required memorization. It has new meaning to my wife and I as we welcomed our son home from Iraq. We are thankful!!!
    Dan Mearns

  3. @Hilary.- Thanks for visiting, Cuzzie.

    @Dan.- I was born and grew up in Montreal. My great-uncle was a veteran of both world wars. My Dad, several uncles and cousins all served. I remember watching Remembrance Day ceremonies on TV or in the flesh every year. I am very thankful on your behalf that your son came home safely from Iraq.

    @Everyone who visited this page.- Let us never forget the sacrifices of others made on our behalf.



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