Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.
It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war.

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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.

In Flanders Fields ~ Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

Dedicated to all the brave men and women whose unselfish sacrifices and bravery shall never be forgotten. Thank You.

Video credit: Youtube/DJJetplane/ Music: Dropkick Murphys/The Green Fields of France.


Sharon said...

What a beautiful field of poppies!

Nice post!

Dee said...

My husband has been watching the History Channel today with original film footage of world war two. War is a horrible thing but at times needed. I say God Bless those who died for all of us.

Babs said...

Thank you for remembering those who sacrificed so much. God bless them all.

Patsy said...

God Bless them all ! I think we are in a fight for our freedom now.

Country Gal said...

Glad to see another fellow blogger has a post of this day ! Lest we forget !

DJan said...

This is the second blog I've read today that had this poem and remembrances of tomorrow. Thank you for this, and remembering.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Amen, Jo.... Let's never forget all of those men and women in the Armed Services (past and present) who risked their lives for our freedom.

God Bless them ALL.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful poppy field and a day to remember for those who sacrifice.

Unknown said...

On the 11th hour, of the 11 day, of the 11th month, we will remember them.

matron said...

Thank you for your post today.
Unfortunately,soldiers are still being sent home from Afghanistan,for burial,such a waste of young lives and so very sad.
Thank you to all of them and to all who serve to help keep us free.

MadSnapper said...

the field of poppies is perfect for today. I am listening to the song as i type, love that flute in the background. there is something that touches my heart when i see all those rows and rows of crosses. thanks for sharing.

Primitive Seasons said...

Thanks for the lovely video and the Flanders Fields poem. It's always been a favorite. War is such a waste and we need to stop, if only one day a year, to be reminded of that and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


Betsy Brock said...

poppy did I not know this? Interesting. Beautiful picture!

Thank you to all of our soldiers...past, present and future!

jerilanders said...

Bless our troops the world over, and all that have gone before. Thank you for the reminder. I enjoyed the song, the lyrics and the video.

Barbara Anne said...

What a lovely tribute to all who served and who serve now.

May those away from home be safely home soon, may the homeless have homes, may the hungry have food, may love abound, and may peace prevail on Earth.


Michael said...

I knew i coudl trust you to write a lovely tribute to all our brave soldiers adn for the fallen. thank you.

Stella Jones said...

A very stirring song and we had better remember, hadn't we. Shame on anyone who dares to forget!
Thank you for your post.
Blessings, Star

Susan Freeman said...

God Bless the brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms and for those who continue to do so. Lovely post!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Ryan said...

Both my granddads fought against Nazism during WW2 and survived thank god, I also have a cousin who was injured in Afghanistan so remembrance day is always a poignant occasion for us. Our heroes will never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Well said lad you brought a tear to this man,s harden heart.
Remember let no Man, Woman, or Child ever foreget!!! The Evil we do while they sleep safely, peacefully in there beds tonite.