Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget.

"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."
              - In Flanders Fields - Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (May 3, 1915)

The choir at my school sang this at our Remembrance Day assembly. It was good to see how these children remembered. The lives lost and sacrificed to keep us safe should never be forgotten. I will forever be grateful to them. 

Still, on this day every year, I can't help but hope that some day, against all odds, this sacrifice will no longer be needed; no longer shall our young men and women need to die to keep us, and others, safe. Too many precious lives have already been lost.

Today, I am grateful. Today, I remember.

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