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Saturday, November 11, 2006
Lest We Forget -vwv vww

Today is Remembrance Day. Traditionally, two minutes of silence is observed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to commemorate those who fell in the two World Wars. In my opinion, war is a shitty way to die, unless you are one of those for-Honor-and-Glory guys who sing The Minstrel Boy while marching into certain death.

Here I share with you the poem that inspired the use of red poppies as a symbol of remembrance. It's written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who studied at the University of Toronto and served as a field surgeon in the Canadian artillery during the Great War.

In Flanders Fields

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.

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