Lest We Forget

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh hour, Canadians honour the soldiers that fought for and continue to fight for freedom from tyranny. The symbol that represents Remembrance Day for Canadians is the poppy; the poem we memorize as a tribute to our soldiers’ sacrifices was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blowFlandersField
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.

 

In Britain, they recite the the Ode of Remembrance, which I’ve shared with you here to provide context for the title of today’s post. To those who have fallen and those who continue to fight: thank you.

 
Remembrance_Day_006The Ode of Remembrance
 
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
 
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.
 
Lest we forget.
 

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