In Flanders Fields

I know; more suited to Memorial Day than Veteran’s Day but…it represents what our Veterans were willing to give up to defend our freedoms.

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…

~ Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)


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2 responses to “In Flanders Fields

  1. Rose

    Hi there! Just in case you don’t know about the poem “In Flanders Field” . . . The author Lt.Cl. John McCrae was a doctor with the Canadian Army. The poem is about the rows and rows of Canadian soldiers who are buried at Fladers in Belgium. Every Canadian school child is taught this verse.It is repeated every Remembrance Day (Nov. 11). In Canada, we honour our soldiers on Remembrance Day in the same way you honours yours on Veterans Day. It is a beautiful, poignant poem and I want to thank you for finding it and sharing it on your web site.

    • paulag1955

      Rose, I did know that (I looked it up before I posted) but thank you so much for sharing it with my other readers.

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