Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget

Posted by: Blue

For my American readers who may not know, today is Rememberance Day in Canada.  On 11/11/1918 at 11:00 a.m., the guns of WWI were finally silenced after a peace treaty was signed by the countries involved.

Today, we remember our veterans and those who fought and died for our freedom.  In honour of the countless men and women who we owe everything to: a poem.

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

Written by Lt. Col. John McRae; a Canadian soldier on the front lines in Ypres, Belgium on May 3, 1915 during WWI.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 KJV

There is nothing more to say but "Thank God for our veterans".

1 comment:

  1. Today is also Veteran's Day in the US and Armistice Day in many other Allied countries, all celebrating the same signing of the Armistice by the Germans.

    In the famous Flanders Fields, today is known as the Day of Peace.


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