Thursday, 11 November 2010

Lest We Forget

1920 - And Still Going Strong!

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 highIf ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915, 
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae