12 November 2012

Thankful November 11

I think I've bought 5 poppies this year, and each one has fallen off my coat.  With or without I am extremely grateful on this Remembrance Day for those who have protected the innocent in the world and helped to spread freedom.  The minute of silence that I offered in memory of those who have fought seems menial in the face of what they must have experienced and done, but it's what I could do to give my thanks for those good men and women.

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.


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