Tuesday, 11 November 2014

In remembrance...

On this Remembrance Day I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and share a famous Canadian poem composed by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the second battle of Ypres in Belgium on May 3, 1915.

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

And at this time of remembrance, I can't help but remember my own father who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

For more information about the poem "In Flanders Field" visit: Great War

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