In Flander's Fields
In Flander's 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 Flander's fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you with failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander's fields.
~ Liet.-Col. John McCrae
War Memorial, Fredericton, N.B.
Remembrance Day has always played a big part in my life since I was a young girl.
My father fought in World War 1 in Europe and also took part in World War 2.
I remember memorizing the words to the poem In Flanders Fields in grade school
and having a special assembly for Remembrance Day in school.
We also attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Victoria Park in Moncton
watching the parade of veterans, including my dad, as they marched proudly to the park.
I remember the young cadets from Moncton High and Vanier High and their bands
as they played songs familiar to the veterans, but perhaps not really understanding the
meaning behind the words. I don't know if I even understood the words.
Abide With Me
Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness:
Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy Cross befoe my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life and death, O Lord, abide with me.
~ Henry Francis Lyte
Do you remember this old hymn? It is played and sung every year
at the Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.
Now that I read the words I understand why this hymn is played.
It is to be a rainy day for our remembrance this year. We will go to the service
at Mactaquac's Centennial Park dressed for the weather in a warm jacket,
boots, hat and gloves and perhaps an umbrella. I will think of the soldiers who
endured the cold, snow, rain, heat, jungles, desserts, trenches ~ ill clothed
and suffering and sacrificing for future generations so that we might enjoy the
freedoms we do in our country today.
I will think of them and remember and say a prayer of gratitude.
I hope you will take time in your day at the eleventh hour to pause for 2 minutes and remember
and offer a prayer of thanks and gratitude for those who have made the supreme sacrifice for
Blessings to you,