Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

For many today is simply a picnic day to kick of the summer season and an extra day off from work. Dig deeper and you'll find that today is for remembering the brave men and women who died while serving their countries.
Take a minute out of your day to remember them and thank them for your freedom








In Flanders Field - Poem by John McCrae

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.

12 comments:

Debra Dickinson said...

A beautiful tribute, and thank you for sharing that beautiful poem.

Duni said...

That is a great poem and quote!

Tanya Walton said...

We have a bank holiday today too, ours is white in. I don't think most English people think about why we have the holiday just accept that we get time off. Anyway enjoy your day!!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

When I was a young child Memorial Day was for remembering family members gone and left us behind. Decorating cemeteries and such...Veteran's Day was for remembering those fallen in combat. Now, it's all such a different society...

Have a safe fun holiday Ann.

Marg said...

Happy Memorial day to you too Ann. That is one terrific poem. I like that a lot. Have a great day.

Sandra said...

this is the first time i read the whole poem, i have seen parts of it over the years. beautiful tribute...

Sandee said...

Very well put Ann.

I thank those that gave their all all the time, not just on Memorial Day. I'm sure you do too.

Have a fabulous day. Big hug to you and my very best to Gibbs. Enjoy your two days off. ♥♥♥

Donna said...

Amen...and what a beautiful poem...
hughugs

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have always loved this poem, but have not seen anyone post it today so far. Glad you did!! I only posted the first line or so, but here it is in all of it's sad glory and beauty.

Betsy Adams said...

Absolutely... So many people just enjoy their fun and picnics --and forget the real meaning behind this day....

Happy Memorial Day. Let's never forget those men and women who served and gave so much for our FREEDOM.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lin said...

I DID think about them today...and I gave thanks. We are very lucky to live in a free country. I hope we stay that way...and safe.

Jen said...

Lovely post - we are definitely blessed to have the protection of our military in this country.

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