Remembrance Day: In Memory of Those Who Serve

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.

Today in the countries of the Commonwealth, it’s Remembrance Day, a day to remember veterans who have served. In America, it’s Veteran’s Day. While this may be a day celebrated only in select countries, we all should take the time to remember those men and women who have made sacrifices in the past and continue to make sacrifices for our future.
The poem above was written during World War I by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae. More information can be found at Wikipedia. Photo by The Australian Army.