Remembrance Day 2010

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and the British Commonwealth; and Veterans Day in the United States.

Today we take a few moments to pay tribute and give thanks to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces, past and present, who fought and continue to fight and die for our freedom.

Today is not the day for partisan discussions of politics and wars.

Today is the day for remembering those who paid, and continue to pay, the supreme sacrifice for freedom everywhere.

Today we remember them.

Every day, we should keep remembering them.

Always. And forever.

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.

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