Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dr Chaps, Remembering Those Who Died "In Flanders Fields"

Remembering those who died "In Flanders Fields"

The Flanders Poppy is a red flower that grew on battlefields in World War I over the place where many died in service to their country.

In honor of Veterans Day, I wish to honor all those who served, and those who still serve, by re-publishing a poem from 1915, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army:

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.

[Dr. Chaps' comment:  Happy Veterans Day.  Let's defend the Constitution as they did.]


Lois Evensen said...

A beautiful tribute. Thank you for publishing it again.

River Glorious said...

Sometimes a good thing is worth repeating. And repeating... :D