Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rememberance Sunday

 Product DetailsToday is Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom. This day is set aside to remember those who gave their lives in The Great War. Make sure you don't miss the eloquent poem written by Canadian medical officer, John McCrae. McCrae penned the poem on the occasion of the death of his good friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer. In Flanders, poppies grew in abundance and covered the fields where the war dead were laid to rest.

The poppy became a symbol of The Great War, and was adopted by various groups, the sale of which provided funds for veterans, especially disabled veterans. This same custom continues today at various places around the world. In January of this year I was privileged to be present when the VFW in Fairmount, Indiana, offered a poppy tribute to my brother in law at his funeral. It is on the backs of those who serve, that we are able to stand.

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.

                                                -John McCrae

Product DetailsTo learn more about World War I in the UK, read Where Poppies Grow by Linda Granfield. 

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