We will remember them. . .
Veteran’s Day, America
Remembrance Day, Canadian
In Flanders Fields
Poet: Dr. John McCrae
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.
Biography of Dr. John McCrae
In April 1915, one of Dr. John McCrae’s closest friends and comrades was killed in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium. He was buried in a humble grave with a simple wooden cross. Wild poppies bloomed between the crosses marking the many graves. The next day, unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, Dr. McCrae gave them a voice through this poem.
On January 28, 1918, John McCrae succumbed to pneumonia and meningitis. Before he died, Dr. McCrae had the satisfaction of knowing that his poem had been a success. Soon after its publication, it became the most popular poem on the First World War. It was translated into many languages and used on billboards
advertising the sale of first Victory Loan Bonds in Canada in 1917.
In part because of the poem’s popularity, the poppy was adopted as the Flower of Remembrance. The symbolic poppy and John McCrae’s poems are still linked, and the voices of those who have died in war continue to be heard each Remembrance Day.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. – 1Timothy 6:12
Thou hast a contest to sustain in which thy honor, thy life, thy soul, are at stake.
Live the Gospel, and defend the cause of God.
Fight, conquer, and seize upon the prize; carry off the crown of eternal life!
Trust God for your day, ….Today