Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

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.

Being an army brat, I have attended many, many Remembrance Sunday Parades wherever we were stationed.  My father was always on parade.  I am always struck by that two minute silence because no matter what or where, the traffic comes to a complete standstill, no one moves and it  always seems to me as though the world has stopped.

Old soldiers never die
They simply fade they say
Is that the price I ask myself
That soldiers have to pay?

Bugle notes and drum beats
Flash of sun on brass
He hears the call as comrades all
Tramp the long march past

Warrior fading quickly
Like a weak pale winter sun
Bowed and creeping slowly
Life's race is all but run.

The red poppy leaves are wrinkled
One by one they fall
Soldier, can you answer still?
When the bugle notes do call.

Play the music gently
No harsh notes sound, I ask
For the poppy leaves are falling
Glory days now past

Last petal now has fallen
Old soldiers gone away
Last post music calling
Old soldiers out to play.

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  1. A timely reminder, Bee, for this important anniversary looming ahead on our calendar.
    Here in Melbourne there is a parade and a service at the Memorial on the day. The ex-service personnel are already out in full force selling the red poppies.

  2. I have a very good friend who is a Marine. One of his official duties requires him to meet the corpses at the airport and attend the funerals. It takes him all over the United States. I worry about him a lot because he sometimes attends as much as 8 funerals in one week.

    I have a cousin who was a Marine, but he says 'Once a Marine always a Marine - Semper Fi'.

    It breaks my heart that so many men and women all over the world give their lives for country and kin ... and that so many of them are forgotten...

    We must NEVER forget!

    Thank you Barbie ... We needed this.

  3. Remembrance sunday is coming up. This seems so apropos with the Fort Hood killings. So awful for those poor families.

  4. Yes it is an important anniversary. As I was growing up, we were honouring those who died in WW1 and 11. Today there are so many more to remember. Those who lost their lives in wars that are not ours.

    And now there is more and more information coming out of the Fort Hood massacre. So sad, so very sad.

  5. I have a great deal of respect for those who have served, many who did not choose to do so but were conscripted. Wars that make no sense. I am writing this after rememberance day and I am happy to say that at our parade in the capital, more people were present than any previous year. I hope this continues...that everyone remembers that wars create huge losses on all sides. That brave men and women continue to fight for our freedom which we so casually accept.


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