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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In Flanders Field - Today we remember

Take a moment.
Today it a day of reflection. To thank all of those who fought for us so that we could have freedom.
In Canada Veterans will sell these
plastic poppies and people where
 them in remembrance.
Growing up Flanders Field was one of the things I remember the most about Remembrance Day (that's what we call it in Canada.) It is an extremely famous poem, and especially familar with those countries that are apart of the Commonwealth.

The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during World War I. It decribes the poppies that grew in the war torn fields, and thus the poppy quickly became a symbol of the war and remembrance.
 
In Flanders Field

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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