Today We Remember

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

 

Today many of us live in countries where peace is something that is taken as normal and for granted. We often forget of the sacrifices made by the many men and women during past and present wars to ensure our continuous safety and peace of mind. We see them in their well pressed uniforms but and shiny black shoes. Their medals of honour and well fit berets. We see them as them step; left, right, left right, one behind the other, side by side. What we do not see however, are the many times that they slept in ditches, drank water that was not safe, dodging bullets and others forms of attack all the while bearing the memories of their families, sometimes children whose birth they did not get to witness due to serving their country. Today we should all pause to thank God for the lives and the memories of these strong and brave men and women who have given their lives for us. 

Today, let us Remember and never Forget. 

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

 

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4 thoughts on “Today We Remember

  1. I love this poem and it was one of the first ones I memorized as a child. I don’t think I understood it then, but I think I do now. My husband is a Veteran of the Vietnam war and I love him dearly. He has gone on with his life and married me and made a great life for himself but I think experiences like war change someone forever. May we pray for peace and the end of war.

    • I too did not really understand it when I first read it but now as an older person I can’t simply read it but I have to read through it. Amazing isn’t it?

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