Poppies for Remembrance

Veterans Day. . . Poppy Day. . . Armistice Day. . . Remembrance Day.

Today, many will observe two minutes of silence on the 11th hour (11 AM) of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the Allies of WWI and Germany signed an armistice agreement.   The firing stopped immediately.

Here, we honor and remember all veterans on this day.

Thanks to my friend Alison for sending me the link to this stunning tribute in London.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29935592

This poem is so touching. . . the earnest Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon and also a poet, was moved to write these words as he mourned the loss of his friend, Lieutenant Alex Helmer.  Since a chaplain was not present, McCrae was asked to conduct his friend’s funeral.  Like all funerals on the battlefield, it was conducted in the dark.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,images
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.

by John McCrae, May 1915