Lest We Forget – a repost in honour of Remembrance Day

poppy350.JPGIN 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

Lt. Col. John McCrae

In 1915, Lt Col John McCrae was a field surgeon working with the Canadian Artillery at the Battle of Ypres in Belgium. His field hospital was located in the region of Belgium colloquially known as Flanders, and during a lull in his work on mangled soldiers, he penned some words that will forever be associated with Canadian War Veterans, and Remembrance in Canada. There are few more poignant words ever written about war or about the lives and deaths of the young people who fight them, words made even more poignant by the fact that McCrae himself, in 1918 while still serving at the same field hospital and still trying to patch up mutilated soldiers, became one of the men he had written so clearly about a few years earlier.

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada … I think much of the world is celebrating their veterans in some way today, as a commemoration of the end of hostilities of The Great War, what we now call World War I in 1918, at 11:00 on November 11th. In Canada, that specific moment has a special place in our ceremonies … it is typically when our moment of silence occurs, and as such, I am going to try and make this post as close to 11:00 AM as I can, for my server.

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