Memorial Day

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.

Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 3 May 1915

We Shall Keep the Faith

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

US professor Moina Michael, inspired by the poem, published this poem in response, 1918

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Veronica Cannon wrote:
This is lovely Eric and a good way to remember the significance of this holiday

Mon, May 31, 2010 @ 1:47 PM

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