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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lest We Forget...

You have heard me say more than once how proud I am to be a Canadian. Today is a day to reflect on how lucky we are to live in a peaceful free country. When one sees the news of all the unrest, hatred and suffering in the world today, one can only wonder where we are headed...
Thank a veteran today for the freedom we are so lucky to enjoy. Wear your poppy proudly. Say a prayer for peace.

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, May 1915 

Have you ever wondered about the story behind this poem, written by a Canadian military doctor? You can read about it here. 


"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
~ Ronald Reagan


Darlene D said...

We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful country! We take much for granted!

Pamela Gordon said...

We are very blessed. Beautiful post Linda.

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