Appreciating Veterans’ Day

Poppy VeteransEach year on Veteran’s Day of November 11th I like to honor the memory of those gone before. The poignant poem In Flanders Fields evokes many thoughts and I wanted to share this particular version of the poem and some of the background history.  The handwritten version is the original composition.

I hope you will read the poem at least twice. In past years we have the poem read in classes and also have had students who could recite it by memory.  I am asking that you bring a copy to the next class and if you are a samurai or a shogun, would like to read it the class in a dramatic fashion. Some  were able to recite the poem from memory and this was so remarkable.

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