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#838141 - Sun Nov 11 2012 01:00 PM Lest We Forget
Jakeroo Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 30 2008
Posts: 1776
Loc: Alberta Canada
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.


- John McCrae, soldier, physician, professor and poet.
Served in both the Second Boer War and WW1.
He did not live to see the end of the latter.



It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province, US Army veteran

Thank you to all military personnal (and their families) around the world who have sacrificed so that we can lead the comfortable lives that we do.
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#838148 - Sun Nov 11 2012 01:25 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Jakeroo]
Copago Offline
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Registered: Tue May 15 2001
Posts: 14035
Loc: Australia
Nice one, Jakeroo.

Rememberance day and ANZAC day services always bring a tear to my eye. I was watching the cricket and they had a break in play for a short service and even that was quite touching.

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#838161 - Sun Nov 11 2012 03:31 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Copago]
george48 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jul 01 2009
Posts: 310
Loc: Ottawa
  Ontario Canada   
I am of course, familiar with the first poem,
but not of the second, i like it.
Thanks

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#838179 - Sun Nov 11 2012 05:26 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: george48]
Lottie1001 Offline
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Registered: Mon Jul 07 2008
Posts: 464
Loc: Westmorland UK
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'Elephants are very large and intelligent animals, and are seldom lost.'

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#838192 - Sun Nov 11 2012 06:28 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Lottie1001]
lesley153 Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Posts: 724
Loc: Bedford England UK           
Thanks, Jakeroo - and Lottie/Rowena!
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#838218 - Sun Nov 11 2012 09:43 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: lesley153]
Jazmee27 Offline
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Registered: Tue Mar 09 2010
Posts: 634
Loc: Pennsylvania USA
Very moving tributes. Thanks.
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(2)Attempting to silence me doesn't hurt me, but the silencer.
(3) I must remain true to myself.

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#950663 - Wed Nov 21 2012 09:47 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Jazmee27]
bitterlyold Offline
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Registered: Sat Oct 15 2011
Posts: 121
Loc: Arkansas USA
I was a sailor, not a soldier, but I thank you for the sincere tribute. Happy Thanksgiving!

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