11 November 2009

Veterans Day

Both my father and father-in-law were veterans of World War II, so each year on Veterans Day, I say a special prayer for them.  I hope that regardless of your feelings about the military overall, or any current conflicts, that you will think a kind thought today for those who are in active service, as well as those we remember.

In Flanders Fields

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.


Marie said...

That was very nice, Bridget.

SissySees said...

Lovely tribute. Thank you!

Carol said...

I have always found that poem to be especially moving. Thank you.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- In grade 8, I had to stand up in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL and recite that.