Remembrance Day

Remembrance DayYesterday was Remembrance Day. Hundreds of people gathered together to remember. Red poppies adorned the jackets of everyone in attendance. It was a day to remember the soldiers who have fought in various conflicts throughout the world. To honour veterans, the fallen, their families, and soldiers still serving in the military.

It’s always a moving experience to attend this ceremony. To hear about a soldier’s experiences. To witness those left behind, to extend our support to those still in active service. They read the following poem yesterday. Its titled ‘In Flanders Fields’ written 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.

My grandfather fought in WW2. I have several cousins in the military. This poem and the activities of Remembrance Day holds a deep meaning for me. I think its so important to remember the past. To learn from our mistakes, and to keep moving forward.

How was your Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, or Veteran’s Day?

Image credit: “Remembrance Day 2015” by JWPhotowerks is licensed under CC by 2.0

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