Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget

Today we remember...

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Illustrated page by Ernest Clegg. 

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
     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.

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Today I remember my maternal uncle, Albert Glazer, of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders (SD&G Highrs) regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, who died at the battle of the Falaise in France on August 21, 1944 at the age of 22. 
Page 317 from the Second World War Book of Remembrance

I remember his sacrifice and those of so many others so that I could live in a country free and safe. "True north, strong and free". 
Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

Lest we forget.

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