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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Sometimes a random thought will pop into my head and remain there for a number of days. These thoughts are always simple - it can be an observation, a useful tip, a feeling, an idea, a memory, or a quote I've just discovered. I usually don't do anything with these thoughts, but I don't want to forget them so I decided to create a place where I could share them. If you'd like to share your own thoughts, leave them in the comments, or email me and I may feature your thought in a future post.
Today's Thought:

Today is Veteran's Day, but it's also Remembrance Day in Canada. It's the day that we wear red felt poppies on our clothes to represent Canadian soldiers who died in the World Wars. Many World War I soldiers lie in unmarked graves in Flanders, Belgium where much of the fighting took place. After the War, red poppies grew abundantly on the battlefields, due to the soil becoming rich in poppy-growing nutrients from all the war-zone rubble. The following is a well poem that probably every Canadian child will be familiar with:

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.

-John McCrae


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2 comments :

  1. That is such a touching poem. It almost made me cry. You know I never really appreciate the military until we got out. I finally know what sacrafices are made to keep a country safe.

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