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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Remembrance 2019 - We Will Remember Them


We will remember them, and say thank you to the brave men and women,
past and present who fight to preserve our freedoms.

We shall remember you at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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.

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write the now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'.

Jan and Eddie

34 comments:

Tom said...

...the poppy is a beautiful symbol of remembrance.

Sandi said...

I have no words, just bowing my head.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

Lovely post! We honor our vets on Veterans's Day as well. It is good to remember those who served and have given their lives for our freedom which we are all thankful for today. I am with Sandi, I simply bow my head.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

After seeing this poem a few years ago, I did a bit of research and learned that poppies have to be seeded in areas where there is lots of movement and activity, just like the battlefields in WWI. This is a beautiful remembrance of the day, Jan. It's both poignant and telling. Much of the world should remember this day and tomorrow, Armistice Day, too.

Chatty Crone said...

Great remembrance!

Christine said...

Lest we forget. The church choir were all wearing their poppies this morning.

Lois said...

Beautiful post! I have always loved that poem.

Snowbird said...

Just beautiful.xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Always good to remember those who gave their lives. Valerie

bill burke said...

It's important to remember all those who sacrificed their lives.

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Es una flor humilde pero muy vistosas.

Beos

William Kendall said...

Beautifully said.

R's Rue said...

Yes.

Fun60 said...

An excellent post Jan. Lest we forget.

This N That said...

Wonderful post. Nice sentiment. They gave it all.

Rose said...

I love the photograph, but oh, that poem gets me every time.

My name is Erika. said...

It is nice to reread this poem in remembrance.

Joyful said...

I love that poem and I love that we remember our veterans at this time. I wish our Government/s would also treat them better for the sacrifices they've made.

Lorrie said...

Yes, we will remember them.

Iris Flavia said...

I have an empty bag of poppy-seeds right here at my PC, hanging on the wall. It was a pressie from a friend when we were in Perth 2015 (100 years Gallipoli).
Many wore a poppy on their chest as symbol of respect.

Sami said...

Lovely post to honour those who fought for our freedoms.

Margaret D said...

It's a wonderful poem. We did remember today and silence was in the house at the 11th hour.

Pam said...

That is so nice. Thank you.

Martha said...

Lovely post! We remember.

Jeanie said...

This is one of my favorite poems of all time. Thank you for posting it.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

This post is a treasure. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem and thanks, Jan, for your visit..Happy Monday..Judy

Sue said...

Wonderful post xx

Connie said...

A memorable poem well-suited to the day.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful remembrance post with such a stunning poem.

Carla from The River said...

Praying for all .. thank you for sharing.
Love, Carla

Little Wandering Wren said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. Yes Lest we Forget indeed.
Wren x

Conniecrafter said...

I remember when I was young my mother would take us kids and walk into town and she would buy a Poppie flower from a veteran when they use to stand on the corner and sell them, I so wish they still did that.

baili said...

loved this touching poetry dear Jan
beautiful tribute to those who sacrificed for the country !

Debbie said...

beautiful...the sentiment and the image!!