In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

by Lieutenant-Colonel John McRae

Veteran's Day is November 11th in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Scotland and Bermuda. Many countries use the poignant poem In Flanders Fields written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in May of 1915 to honor their veterans and express their losses. Colonel McCrae was a member of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and was working on the front lines, aiding fallen soldiers when he wrote this poem. I hope that each of us, regardless of our political opinions and our differences, can take a moment today and send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who sacrificed for their country.

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.


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