In Flanders Fields the poppies blow.....

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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, 1915

May God Bless our Troops and God Bless America, now more than ever.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 6:18am.

Here's the story behind the original poem, "In Flanders Fields."

"We Shall Keep the Faith"
by Moina Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Here's the story behind this response to "We Shall Not Sleep."

This is the story of how the Flanders Fields Red Poppy was first introduced as a symbol of remembrance by an American teacher, Miss Moina Michael.

"In Flanders Now"
by Edna Jacques (1891-1978)

We have kept faith, ye Flanders' dead,
Sleep well beneath those poppies red,
That mark your place.
The torch your dying hands did throw,
We've held it high before the foe,
And answered bitter blow for blow,
In Flanders' fields.

And where your heroes' blood was spilled,
The guns are now forever stilled,
And silent grown.
There is no moaning of the slain,
There is no cry of tortured pain,
And blood will never flow again
In Flanders' fields.

Forever holy in our sight
Shall be those crosses gleaming white,
That guard your sleep.
Rest you in peace, the task is done,
The fight you left us we have won.
And "Peace on Earth" has just begun
In Flanders' now.

The Menin (Mennen) Gate Memorial (Ypres) bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without a trace during the defense of the Ypres Salient in WWI.
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Submitted by Tug13 on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 1:26pm.

Did anyone see today's AJC? The pictures of all the fallen soldiers from Georgia?
Some of them are kids, just kids. It breaks my heart.

I put fresh flowers and new flags on my brothers graves.

Lots of tears have been shed today, and everyday.

God Bless America and all the troops.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 12:00pm.

Just over a year ago the father of one of my best friends died, he was a man i"d known for close to fourty years and it wasn't till I read his obituary that I found out he was an Army vet who hit the beach on D-Day. A winner of the Silver Star and a couple of Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, and several other decorations. this man had never mentioned his service and while I looked up to him for all those many years as a model husband and father and just a very fine person all around I wish I could have thanked him for his sevice.
He must have been sensitive about the war and his medals, he never mentioned them or his service, but there is no doubt in my mind that he was a member and a leader of our greatest generation.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 8:03pm.

I wish to try and explain why most of the WWll military who were highly decorated do not wish to discuss it, and certainly don't want any lip service.
I hope you won't take it in the wrong way.
I have known many of those guys, several my close relatives, and they are few and far between who are interested in discussing any of it.
One little story for you: a grand nephew wanted to talk to his great uncle about WWll, since the uncle had received three purple hearts over three years at war. The nephew started the conversation with the question, "how did you like Europe?" The Uncle said, "I didn't." The nephew eventually got up and gave up! I was there.
The Uncle was 94, and the nephew was 15. They had never met before.
I think the truth is that there is nothing glorious about killing someone or getting killed. Especially in war.
Soldiers see things, do things, and assist in things that they later regret deeply. Why on earth would you want to brag about it or be questioned about it?
Also, almost all those who want to "honor" these heroes or question them, are either ignorant or have never seen real terror on the battlefield themself, because if they had they wouldn't want any more to do with it.
It has a lot to do with self reliance without any glorifying needed.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 7:53pm.

One of my brothers was exactly like that. Very sensitive re talking about the war.
He had a Purple Heart too, and several other medals.
God Bless them

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Submitted by Indocumentado on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 8:02pm.

Memorial Day, as many other things, has been hijacked by the establishment to make us believe we are the righteous ones against a hostile world....a deceitful view that only serves those in power benefitting from the generous blood of our naive soldiers....for their own profit (Cheney, Halliburton and the like)

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