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11.11.07

Veterans/Remembrance Day

The armistice that ended "The Great War" (World War I) was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month: November 11th, 1918. Europeans commemorate this day as "Armistice Day", Americans as "Veterans Day", and citizens of the Commonwealth as "Remembrance Day".

Poppies grow in profusion in Flanders (northern Belgium), where many many casualties of the war were buried. The poem "In Flanders Fields" was written by a Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, in the trenches on the battle front a day after he witnessed the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. The poem:


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.



As we honor the service of those who ensure our security, let us also remember those who gave their "last full measure of devotion" -- in Flanders Fields, and elsewhere.

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5 Comments:

At 11/11/07 12:32 , Blogger A.E. said...

Always a beautiful poem.

 
At 24/4/09 12:47 , Anonymous E.A.J said...

I love this poem and can safly say it is my all-time favourite poem. I am only 11 and it has touched me deeply.

 
At 24/4/09 12:49 , Anonymous E said...

METHINKS IT IS UTTERLY WONDERFUL, TO THE CORE

 
At 6/5/09 11:47 , Anonymous TOBY said...

HEY I'M TOBY AND I REALLY LIKE THIS POEM IT IS VERY GOOD AND APPRECHIATE PEOPLE PUTTING THIS ON THE WEB BYE BYE

 
At 6/5/09 11:48 , Anonymous mummy said...

HEY I LIKE THIS POEM

 

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