Memorial Day

Memorial Day poppies

Today, Memorial Day, we wear the red poppy as a sign of remembrance of all those who sacrificed their lives and limbs during wartime. I found this beautiful poem online and thought I would post it here on my blog to keep it in a safe place and also share with friends and family.

“In Flanders Field”

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.

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

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