Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest we forget - Remembrance Day 2010

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I. On that date in 1918, all major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month".
This blog posting is dedicated to all our veterans. I could not find a better way of acknowledging and appreciating the ultimate sacrifice and contributions they made to world peace. My “thank you” is best said by John McRae in his poem **“Flanders Fields” -

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae, May 1915

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.

Lest we forget

**"In Flanders Fields" is perhaps the best known poem written during the First World War. Canadian doctor and Lt.-Col. John McCrae wrote it in May 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer, 22.

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