In Flanders Fields

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    In Flanders Fields
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

    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.

    Have a great Memorials Day and, if you see any, thank the veterans.
     
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    Living in Flanders myself I have frequent occasion to visit war cemeteries. Never fails to leave an impression.
     
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    I can imagine; two of the bloodiest wars in human history fought there.

    We owe so much to the men who went before us.
     
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    Good post and I love that song.

    It is a shame that so often the government feels the need to exagerate the cause to win a war and those who express doubt are the subjects of scorn, so a wise man keeps his doubts to himself till the rage subsides.

    But look at how war has changed since the end of WW2. Total war that involves a draft of ALL able bodied men and sent into a war that causes thousands of casualties daily, that is all gone for more than 6 decades now.

    Woodrow Wilson may have gotten the goal wrong, but it was only by a few decades.

    I take great comfort in knowing that my son and my grandsons are very unlikely to have to fight in a war like my grandfather and step father did.
     
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    I will. Related:

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    ‘Freedom Is Not Free’ by Kelly Strong:

    Freedom Is Not Free


    I watched the flag pass by one day.
    It fluttered in the breeze.
    A young Marine saluted it,
    and then he stood at ease.
    I looked at him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud,
    He’d stand out in any crowd.
    I thought how many men like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many died on foreign soil?
    How many mothers’ tears?
    How many pilots’ planes shot down?
    How many died at sea?
    How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
    No, freedom isn’t free.


    I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
    When everything was still
    I listened to the bugler play
    And felt a sudden chill.
    I wondered just how many times
    That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
    When a flag had draped a coffin
    Of a brother or a friend.
    I thought of all the children,
    Of the mothers and the wives,
    Of fathers, sons and husbands
    With interrupted lives.
    I thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of the sea
    Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
    No, freedom isn’t free.
     
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