Monday, November 12, 2007

"In Flanders Fields"

For various reasons I haven't mentioned Veterans Day but it's a significant day in my mind. My father was in WWI, my half brother in WWII and Korea, three nephews in Viet Nam, my son in Desert Storm. These are only a few - there are other family members who served during war/conflict. During WWI in France and Belgium wild poppies sprouted amid the death and destruction of battle. Thus the poppie became a symbol of sacrifice.

This poem - written in 1915 by Canadian Army surgeon Lt. Col. John McCrae - marks the connection between sacrifice and poppies.

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.

Regardless of how you feel about war and conflict please remember all men and women serving in harm's way and their families. Their sacrifice is great.

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