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November 11, 2004



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.

- Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, 1915

Update: dustmybroom.com has some moving words and a round-up of Red Ensign remembrance posts.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 11, 2004 06:14 AM

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Thank you.

Posted by: ExpatEgghead at November 11, 2004 10:29 AM

Has anyone ever set this poem to music? It's so beautiful.

Posted by: Rex at November 11, 2004 12:18 PM

Actually, it has been.

Don't know if the recording ever made it online, but I've seen them for sale.

Posted by: Ben at November 11, 2004 12:31 PM

I couldn't make it to the cenotaph today, so at the 11th hour I stepped outside of my workplace and looked out over the busy, safe city street crawling with people of all nationalities. I always enjoy this scene but today I reflected on the great cost of this wonderful gift of freedom we have, and silently thanked those who paid the price for it. May their sacrifices for us never be in vain.

Posted by: Neighbour of the Flea at November 11, 2004 12:53 PM

Thanks for the reminder to post the poem. Here in the states, unless you work for a bank or for a government agency, Veterans Day (as we call it) tends to slip past unnoticed.

The site I point to for the poem indicates that Dr. McCrae was actually a major, but was incorrectly identified as a Lt Col. when the poem was first published by _Punch_. I've not researched it further, but thought I'd mention it.

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Posted by: *** Dave at November 12, 2004 11:57 AM