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Sunday, November 11, 2007

In remembrance......



My Dad and I shared a love for Robert Frost poetry. When he would recite "Flanders Fields" I used to think it was a Robert Frost poem. Now I know differently. Just as he would celebrate veterans day, as he was in the US Army during the Korean War, where he was based in Texas in the Medical Corps., but my mom used to poo-poo it saying he wasn't really a "veteran". Now I know differently.

Miss you Dad. Happy Veterans Day.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
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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