Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918)

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.

26 comments:

Protege said...

Beautiful, powerful and poignant...
xo
Zuzana

DysFUNctional Mom said...

So sad but yet beautiful.

Connie said...

This always gives me chills. Thanks to all who have served.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Beautiful remembrance! Great post for today!

Visiting from SITS.

Susie said...

So appropriate for today! I thanked my veteran this morning for serving my country:-) My husband is very proud of his duty.

Anonymous said...

Bernie did his Reading at his church on Sunday.
All is well when we can still Remember those who Died with Pride.
merthyrmum

Bluefish said...

I remember last year I wrote a post about Remembrance Day as well. I think it's important to me as I used to be in the Army Cadet. I even sold poppies once at Zellers! Hahaha.

~Kristen~ said...

I always get chills when I read this. So beautiful and haunting.

Suburban Princess said...

Lest we forget.

cat said...

I remember learning the poem at school.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Sad but powerful...

BLOGitse said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful posting...

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Beautiful poem.

مى said...

Thank you, for that :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Gorgeous.

the ungourmet said...

This is so nice. I was reading it to my kids and got a bit choked up.

Marie-Jolie said...

What a beautiful post!

RennyBA's Terella said...

A great contribution on a very special day!

Grand Pooba said...

Thank you for this poem, I totally forgot it was Rememberance Day!

Young Wife said...

Stopping by from SITS. Thank you for remembering our veterans.

sprinkles said...

Thank you for posting this!

staceyjwarner said...

I wish we lived in a world where this day doesn't have to exist...

much love

Smocha said...

I've seen the poppies all over England but I didn't know if it was ok for me, an American , to be wearing one.

Thanks for the beautiful post.

only a movie said...

Beautiful post.

lizzy-loo said...

beautiful and poignant.

Night Owl Mama said...

I'm not one for poetry but all I can think of is the WIzard of Oz and the poppies Dorothy ran though :)