Veterans and Remembrance Day

Over the past couple of year I’ve had some post about Veterans Day also know around the world as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.  Mostly these were about how the United States needs to make a bigger deal about this day, it should be something akin to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Since we are celebrating all Veterans on this day or maybe we should switch the two holidays Memorial Day and Veterans Day and join basically the rest of the world in celebrating Remembrance Day on the Feast of Martin of Tours. If you run into a Veteran today thank them for their service  and perhaps say a prayer or two for all those currently deployed across the globe.

In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD who served with the Canadian Army is perhaps the most well know poem from the First World War.

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.


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