Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

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, MD (1872-1918)
      While serving with the Canadian Armed Forces during WWI

Today Americans observe Veterans Day, a day to remember those that served and sacrificed in the U.S Armed Forces in defence of this great nation.

Today Canadians observe Remembrance Day to honour those that have served and died in the Canadian Armed Forces.  We do so by wearing poppies, and at 11AM observing a moment of silence for all who have sacrificed to keep our country the great and free nation that it is.

For all who have served in defence of both nations armed forces:  Thank you.  We shall never forget.