There is nothing more appropriate that I can think of posting today than this poem and music video in honour of Remembrance Day.
To all those who have served, and continue to serve…
The famous In Flanders Fields was written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during World War I in honour of his friend Alexis Helmer who had been killed. Here you can read the history of McCrae and more on how he came to write the poem.
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
This next video is a song by called A Pittance of Time by fellow Canadian Terry Kelly. It was written in reaction to something that he witnessed in a drug store on November 11, 1999. It was written to remind us that giving one moment, of one day, once a year, is a small price compared to that paid by the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for peace and freedom.
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