Memorial Day Rememberance

Today is the day we observe Memorial Day.  A day we fellow citizens of the United States of America honor those who have fought  and stood for our freedoms.  A day to honor the  military forces for their continued, diligent work to keep our freedoms in tact.

I am reminded of this poem that our family has talked about around this time of year, and I thought it would be appropriate to post this poignant poem today.

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.

– Lt. Col. John McRae, May 3, 1915

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