In Flanders Fields – 100th Anniversary

Today, November 11th, marks Remembrance Day here in Canada. Like many other countries, it is a day to remember all of those who have fought in wars both past and present.

I am not sure about in other countries, but here in Canada there is a poem that is always recited. The poem, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, turned 100 in May of this year. 

Although it was written by a Canadian, and it was penned after the funeral of fallen comrades and could resonate with people of any country. For that reason, I would like to share it with you:

In Flanders Fields

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.

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