24 April 2012

A Day of Remembrance - ANZAC Day

Tomorrow, the 25th April, is the 97th anniversary of the landing at anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915 by the Allied troups.  I wrote last year about ANZAC Day, what the name means,as well as how and what it is remembered today. 

This year, I thought I would share "In Flanders Fields", a poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918)m who was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium:


In Flanders Fields
John McCrae (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.



Lest we Forget

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