Friday, November 11, 2011

Never Forget

Freedom - it smells great doesn't it?

Today, November 11th is the day Canadians celebrate Remembrance Day. The reason why I like to say celebrate, is because it's to honor the soldiers past and present who have made our country a very safe place to live. We have so many freedoms that we often take for granted, but should really treasure. So for those reasons I celebrate and take this day very seriously. Also on this day I went into labor so for other reasons I'll also remember ;0)

We proudly wear a Poppy on or coats to show our support and respect. At 11:11 am we all stop for a minute of silence. It doesn't matter where you are (in a bank, in a board room meeting, grocery shopping, school) you stop. I like this tradition.

The following poem is one that we use for Remembrance Day. It's very fitting for this occasion.

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.

Inspiration for the poem — In Flanders Fields

A lot of people don't know this, but during the Second Battle of Ypres a Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2 May, 1915 by an exploding shell. He was a friend of the Canadian military doctor Major John McCrae.

John was asked to conduct the burial service owing to the chaplain being called away on duty elsewhere. It is believed that later that evening John began the draft for his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'.

To all my Canadian friends, I hope you have a great Remembrance Day, and to my American friends I hope you have a great Veteran's day. To all my friends who don't celebrate either occasion, I hope you seize the day!

All the best,


nixabn said...

Veterens day here. XOXO

Coffeypot said...

Great post, Red. Thank you from an old Tin Can Sailor.

Red Shoes said...

I LOVE that poem... we always seemed to read that in grade school down here in the States... 'In Flanders' Field'...

What a tribute...


My Journey With Candida said...

That poem has always given me the chills when I read it.

Riot Kitty said...

I remember visiting England several years ago and people wore poppies - a fine tradition indeed.

the late phoenix said...

it does smell good, as fragrant as those poppies

wait, what do poppies smell like? it's been awhile since i've been outside

2peeeps said...

nice poem my friend. +follow

2Peeeps Health and Fitness said...

That poem is so touching. Thanks for this post, Marnie. I love the Canadian traditions and I hope it wasn't too hard for you to have a moment of silence during labor!

Deborah said...

Thank you Marnie. That was so so special to read.

Heff said...

I let some freedom go, but mine didn't smell so good.

2Peeeps Health and Fitness said...

update new poem my friend

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