Lest We Forget…

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.

– Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1915
Canadian soldier, physician, and poet in WWI.

Source: In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, 1919.

This is a legendary poem that is engraved in the hearts of every young Canadian child, recited by heart every year in the voice of every girl and boy in every Canadian elementary school, as they learn with gratitude the bravery and sacrifices of our soldiers and so many others around the world. As they learn the meaning of patriotism, pride, courage, valour, duty, and selflessness. Once again today we remember our serving soldiers, our veterans, our honourable dead, all those who are fighting or have fought for our country, all those who have given up their lives so that we may have our Freedom.

Lest we forget…

Canadian Remembrance Poppies.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_poppy

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