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Lest we forget

Remembrance Day
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100 years ago today at 11am, the guns of World War I fell silent.  Today, on Remembrance Day, we also fall silent to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

– Lawrence Binyon, Ode of Remembrance

In Flanders Fields, printed in 1918 by the Heliotype Co. Ltd.  Ottawa.  CWM AN-19760596-002
Canadian War Museum

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, In Flanders Fields

Lest we forget.

6 thoughts on “Lest we forget”

  1. On our trip to Europe this summer, we visited the medical bunker where McCrae was working when he wrote that poem. It was an incredibly moving experience. Wonderful tribute <3

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