Friday, November 11, 2011

In Remembrance...

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, I am not sure if it is celebrated today or with the same name else where in the world or not but I felt it necessary to put together a little something in honor of all of our brave troops past and present.  

Listening to the local radio today I heard them asking listeners to vote on their polls as to whether or not they do anything at all for Remembrance Day, and I have to say I was shocked to hear that so far only 60% of people had responded yes to this question!  Even if it is only a moment of silence, I believe that everyone should be able to answer yes to that question.  

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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. 


  1. thank you for posting this. I know I should do more for our "veteran's day."

  2. Great post Elizabeth! Both of my parents are/were WWII veterans, so I got to celebrate both Veteran's Day and Rememberance Day with my mom. My mom was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and my dad in the United States Marine Corp. I took my mom out for dinner at a total flashback to my childhood type of restaraunt! She LOVED it. The entire clientelle was in the senior population, as was the waitress and next to a baby, I (if you can believe it) was about the youngest person there!

  3. Great post - Over here Remembrance Day is recognised more now than when I was growing up. Most people recognise two minutes silence on both the 11th and Remembrance Sunday.

    My office overlooks Arrivals at T4, Heathrow - at 1100 it fe1l quiet as both security and passengers stopped doing what they were doing. At 1102 we played the Last Post. Very emotional.

  4. This reminded me of the Remembrance Day ceremonies in my elementary school. I just sang 'Flanders Fields' right now. Thanks!


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