Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

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.

As many of you are aware, we now have a son who is faithfully serving his country in the Army.

As a result, I find myself keenly aware, in a new way, of the sacrifices that so many have made for our great country~ a country unashamedly founded on Christian principles. I praise God for the godly heritage that we have and pray for His mercy on our country in spite of our wanderings.

To read the story behind the poem "In Flanders Field," click here.

Enjoy your day, all the while gratefully remembering....


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