Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget

For my non-Canadian readers out there, today is Remembrance Day here in Canada.  It's a Veteran's Day of sorts, when we stop at 11am (11/11, at 11am...) to remember the end of World War I. On this date in 1918 the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

So for all my readers out there who have a friend, a neighbour, a cousin or a spouse in Afghanistan defending our freedom, this post is for you.

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.
Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

Lest we forget.


*Canadian Girl

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