Happy Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans Day!

Ever since 1919, Armistice Day has been celebrated as a memorial day to remember those who have fought and died in war. The holiday is celebrated on November 11, to remember the official end of the fighting of World War One. An armistice was signed by opposing sides and the fighting ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Since then it has become a memorial day to celebrate any and all servicemen and civilians who have sacrificed during times of war (and peace). Of all holidays, I think this is the one that holds the most merit with it.

In honor of Armistice Day, I’d like to post one of my favorite poems: In Flanders Field by Canadian John McCrae. I’d just like to add that the reason poppies have become associated with Armistice Day and with this poem in particular is because red poppies began to bloom like crazy in the field in Flanders where men had fallen and been buried–where they hadn’t bloomed like this before.

In Flanders Field
John McCrae

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.

 

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One thought on “Happy Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans Day!

  1. This is absolutely one of my favorite poems as well — I love to see it posted and I enjoy reading it every time!

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