Lest we Forget ...

November 11th, 2008 by Diane Sam

McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres in the spring of 1915. There were more than 100,000 Allied casualites in that battle -  over 6000 Canadians died there in less than 48 hours. 

Historians have called it a defining moment in the history of our country, when the soul of Canada as a nation emerged, were we grew up from simply a colony of Britain to an independent country destined for greatness.

Here it is.


In Flanders Fields

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, 1915

That's why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day, and why MoBoleez will be closed for business on November 11.

Pray for peace.

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