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For Our Veterans


Harper put up an excellent pair of pieces for her Veterans Day writing this week, but I decided to do something of my own.  In Canada, we call this Remembrance Day, and it’s more specifically to honour the soldiers and sailors who have fallen, like America’s Memorial Day, since the day’s origin lies in the end of what was then called the Great War, now World War I.  The Flanders poppy in my lapel derives from the poppies that dotted the northern European landscape, thus the inspiration for Canadian army doctor John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.”

Je me souviens….

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“Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day”

The wearing of a Flanders poppy on November 11 is not the fashion in the United States, though it still is in the countries and former dominions of the British Commonwealth.  Here, you see me beside a recreation of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, set here in Knightsbridge Region.  I feel it’s the appropriate thing, though, and so I have one on my lapel as I make my rounds today.

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place;wait 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!…

Lt. Col. John McCrae, Canadian Army Medical Corps

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