Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans' Day

Since today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day that ended World War I, a vintage "Remembrance Day" postcard instead of my usual Veterans' Day postdated seemed in order.

Here is the whole poem by John McCrae:

In Flanders Fields

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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