Sunday 11 November 2012

Thought For The Day ~ Remembrance

In Flanders Fields by John MacRae

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.

April 1915 saw the first use of chlorine gas in warfare when brave Canadian and British troops battled against the odds to close a four mile gap in the Allied line in front of the City of Ypres. 

During the second battle of Ypres, Canadian Army surgeon John MacCrae wrote In Flanders Fields.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

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