Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2014.  Commemorate the day by learning a bit about the honors the British are paying to their fallen troops of the Great War.

I give you this link to a Washington Post account.  Join in the spirit of this commemoration. Additional images here.

The Great War 1914 - 1918, officially ended November 11, 1918 at ll:00 A.M.

Addendum:  Grace has transcribed John McRae's "In Flanders Fields" in the comment section.   Please read it.


Grace said...

I saw photos of that installation a few months ago - amazing and evocative.

Grace said...

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

vanilla said...

Grace, very impressive and evocative display. Thank you so very much for placing McRae's lines here. I have directed readers of the post here.

Sharkbytes said...

My grandmother used to quote this poem to me.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, I heard it often in my younger day. Thanks to Grace for the reprise.