Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day - A day to remember

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915



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.

On 2 May, 1915, in the second week of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres Lieutenant Alexis Helmer was killed by a German artillery shell. He was a friend of the Canadian military doctor Major John McCrae. It is believed that John began the draft for his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' that evening.



11 comments:

Arv said...

Amen... My heart goes out to those souls...

I did read about Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae and the background about this poem... very touching poetry indeed...

am really glad that you shared this with us today... lovely mate...

God bless us all...

Cheers...

Sneha said...

Hi Arv
This subject is always very emotional for me as I come from a defense background and it is nice to see people express their gratitude towards our fallen heroes.
have a nice evening.

Harshita said...

Yes.I come from a defence family too. My salutes to all these ppl who give up their lives for us.

And My warm hug for Sneha... :)

Take Care Sweetie

dreamer said...

very touching poetry.......thanks for sharing it.

abhishek said...

Nice poem...my homage to the soldiers who have given their lives fighting for their country.
and thanks for sharing 'tabdeer se bigdi hui takdeer'
I have been hooked to geeta dutt for the past 2 days.
wonderful singer...ain't she?

Off the cuff said...

I hate wars...i m sorry for those who fell..i too come defense background... :(

Aevi said...

i am not at all related to defense sector... but absolutely have tons of respect towards them in any part of the globe... other then pakistan n mid east ( m a racist)

lines indeed are b'ful i dnt knw wat to say and how to express here.. will keep mum

Kartz said...

Peace.

Nidhi said...

hey sneha hw r u ? and whts u upto.. dont see u around these days.. hope everything is fine :)

Sneha said...

Hi Nidhi,
I am doing good.:)
was a little busy with my courses.
take care
love
Sneha

manivannan said...

That's a nice, emotional poem. Thanks for sharing it.