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Friday, November 11, 2011

In Remembrance (Lest We Forget)

In Flanders Fields  by John McCrae   (1872-

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 your 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.

(Read the history of this poem here)

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada; the day we honour those who fought and often died to ensure freedom for others.  We remember the veterans of all the wars in ceremonies across the country, and with gratitude think of their sacrifice on behalf of generations unknown.  How truly blessed we are to live in this free land.  Free to worship as we will, to speak freely, to live without oppression.  The soldiers of the past and present, whether the Air Forces, Naval, or Ground Troups, are remembered today and always with humble hearts and thanksgiving.  They are the heroes of the nation. 

 Imagine all the people, living life in peace....(John Lennon).  If there were one wish you could be granted, would it be world peace and freedom?

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