Remember our Veterans

Veterans’ Day began as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day (Commonwealth) as a memorial to the Veterans who served in World War I.   Shortly after WWII, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, suggested to expand Armistice Day to celebrate the Veterans of all wars, not just WWI.

There have been many words written about those who served, who sacrificed their youth, limbs, and lives to preserve our liberty.   One of the most poignant remains a poem written by a Canadian physician who served in WWI.  On this day of 11 November 2012, please take a moment of silence to recall the poem of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  We were not alone, in these vast struggles, so give thought as well to those friends and allies who fought alongside our own military in all of our wars, foreign and domestic.

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, 03 May 1915




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