Poppy Day – Remembrance Day

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Today is the day of remembrance of the sacrifices of the armed formed forces in times wars, specifically  in the world war. Remember your two minute silence at 11am, when it was the believed one of the bloodiest war ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Enjoy the poem below written by a Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae who served in World War 1.

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.

— Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)

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