Rememberance Day 2006

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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.

Every Canadian student recited this poignant poem when I was growing up.  Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae a Canadian doctor who served in World War 1, it commemerates the thousands and thousands of brave soldiers who gave their life in the “War to end all Wars”.  Sadly, many more have died since then on barren battlefields around the world.

At 11 o’clock this morning, all Canadians will observe a moment of silence to honor those who have fallen and those who continue to serve. On our lapels will be the poppy.  In gratitude, in rememberance.