Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada. A day to remember and give thanks to those who fought for our freedom. Lest we forget. We stop for two minutes to remember them at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

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 McCrae in 1915 after a friend died during the first world war.
It is Veteran's Day in the States.


Tash said...

beautiful remembrance.

Rinie said...

That poem always stirs up emotions again this time of year.