Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010

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.
-Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. Today we remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war. Why November 11? Because on this day in 1918 the First World War ended. I will be taking time today to remember those who fought for me and who continue to fight. I will wear my poppy proudly above my heart and take a minute of silence on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

To Learn more about Canada's History on Remembrance Day please visit Veterans Affairs.

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