NCR: Remembrance Day
A tribute to soldiers past & present.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was a Canadian physician and poet who fought in the First World War. He wrote the now famous poem In Flanders Fields upon reflecting on how poppies seemed to grow quickly on the graves of those who died at Ypres, a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders.
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. (1915)
As war continues to ravage the world we live in today there is a beautiful quote we both love and hope for. As naive as it may seem … it is one we personally hope the children & grandchildren we may one day have will be able to experience. ~ Sima & Kristin
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’" -Eve Merriam