Thursday, November 6, 2014

Eleventh Hour, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month, 1918: Lest We Forget



At that hour on that day in that month WW I (1918) officially ended in Europe, although some action continued in other places.

That event was call Armistice Day - later renamed to Veteran's Day in the U.S. "Day of Remembrance Day" (like in Canada and the UK in other Commonwealth nations).

In the U.S. we honor all Veterans on that day, former, active duty, deceased -- that is all Veterans of all wars were Americans fought, died, were wounded, missing, and served in uniform.

A nice time to pause, ponder, and perhaps reflect on this:

IN FLANDERS FIELDS - WAR MEMORIAL POEM

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae


Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn 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
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

The war to end all wars - sadly, it did not.

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