Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Remember

Today is Remembrance Day.  A day to honour those who have fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

I proudly wear a poppy upon my left lapel, over my heart, to show our Veterans that I do remember.

I am very fortunate that I did not lose my grandfather's in the war(s).  My great-grandfather had one leg that was 1/3 of the diameter of his other as he had to have shrapnel removed; sad, but at least he lived.  I have photos of my grandfather looking very dapper in his dress uniform.  Mr. Twingle has a lamp, that I think is hideous, that is full of history.  You see it's made from a shell casing from a canon.  A casing his own grandfather brought back from the war.

We remember.

I think no better sentiment sums up Remembrance Day than the poem by 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.
- John McCrae

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