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    In Flanders Field – Poem by John McCrae

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    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.
    John McCrae

    I hope this is not to long.

    • Brenda, I remember having to memorize this poem when I was in grade school. I have always loved it and I am always moved by it. When I was little, my Dad would buy a paper poppy for me as a symbol of remembrance, and I would wear it on my jacket. This poem will never be too long. Thanks for posting it. If you hadn’t posted it, I would have. ❤️

  2. I am old enough to really remember the Flanders Field and the rows of crosses, imprinted in my memory bank. Then there were also the old ladies who sold poppies every memorial day on the streets of my hometown. Do they still sell poppies today?

  3. Thanks, so important to remember not to just have another holiday. Hadn’t read the Flanders fields poem in a long time. Thanks,too, for the shared French quilt and the other photos she had.

  4. In 2015 I was in France on a tour which included a full day guided visit to the D -Day Beaches in Normandy. Last year I was in Belgium and my tour included WW 1 sites, including Flanders Fields. All I could think of was the thousands of mothers who had lost their sons. It was heartwrenching to think we’ve learned nothing from the horrors of those two wars. Our current leaders in the US pay lip service to our veterans, but so few of them have served in the military and have no clue about what a sacrifice that involves, nor do they adequately provide for veterans’ needs.

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