Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Remember Bunker Hill and Yorktown; Vicksburg, Shilo and Gettysburg; Ypres, Belleau Wood and Dieppe. Do not forget Iwo Jima or The Bulge or the Chosen Reservoir or Khe Sanh. Remember Fallujah, it was only yesterday. Honor those who have preserved your freedom by reflecting on their service.

If we do not remember those who gave their lives to preserve our way of life, we are likely to lose that way of life by the worst possible means - the mistake of thinking things had to be the way they are and not some other way.


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, May 1915

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