Friday, November 11, 2011

Armistice Day

I'm attending the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday so I'll save wittering about my own feelings on Remembrance Day for then. I can't think of anything to say today which seems able to live up to the significance of the date 11/11/11, so I'm passing the blogging baton to Major John McCrae, whose "In Flanders Fields" is one of the best known poems of World War I.

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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.

2 comments:

  1. So many lost :( What a nice simple post.

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  2. He could not have picked more poignant words. Thank God for those that remind us not to become hardened to war and accept it as ok but to grieve for those who have given much.

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