Thursday, November 11, 2004

In Flanders Fields

Today is Veterans Day. It marks the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. In Canada it is called Rememberance Day. That’s a good name for it, too, for it is important to not only honor the millions of men and women who served in the armed forces, but to also remember those who died in our name.

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.

– John McCrae

Thanks to all my friends and family who served: my dad, my uncle, my cousin John, friends Bob, Walt, Rollie, and many others. Your service is honored.