Memorial Day

Memorial Day

The following poem from exactly a century ago, Canadian John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. This poem is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915 but is relevant to those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and today in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

It was very nearly not published. Dissatisfied with it, McCrae tossed the poem away, but a fellow officer retrieved it and sent it to newspapers in England. The Spectator, in London, rejected it, but Punch published it on 8 December 1915.  Here it is, and it summaries what Memorial Day is all about:

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.

 

Memorial Day

Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
And thank you for being willing to die for your county.

This blog is a summary of an email I received from someone most close to me who serves and sacrifices daily…….

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