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Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11th. What does it mean?

What is the significance of November 11th and why are all those Canadians wearing poppies? Americans call it Veterans Day. Canadians call it Remembrance Day, but it all adds up to a day to remember the amazing men who fight for the freedom of our countries.

During World War 1, after losing a friend in the second battle of Ypres, Dr. John McCrae, a Canadian military doctor, wrote this poem.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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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.

I can’t think of November 11th without associating it with poppies and this poem. In Elementary School we all memorized it and recited it each Remembrance Day. I hope it will mean as much to you as it does to me. It still makes me stop and think.

2 comments:

Laurel said...

thank you for remembering and sharing.

CL Beck, author said...

I've always found that poem to be very touching. Thanks for sharing it, and reminding us what our veterans have done for us!

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