Monday, November 10, 2008

Remembrance Sunday...

The first official Legion Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11 November 1921, inspired by the poem In Flanders' Fields written by John McCrae. Remembrance Sunday was yesterday, a special day to honour the fallen soldiers in the WW1 and WW2.

In Flanders' Fields
(John McCrae, 1915)

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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