It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chapter 11, Page 11, Book 13

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die

Dwight D. Eisenhower

A Poppy for Remembrance..

On this Veterans Day, let us take a moment out of our busy schedules to remember our military men and women, past and present.

Poppies, which are a bright red flower, became a symbol of Veterans Day after the bloody WWI battle in Flanders Field, in Belgium.  Poppies thrived in the fertile soil there. Many soldiers were buried in Flanders field, creating a contrast of white crosses and vibrant red poppies. Major John McCrae was a Canadian surgeon who was moved by the sight of this, leading him to pen one of the most memorable war poems ever written 

 In Flanders Fields.

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.

Thank you to all who have served our nation and defended our freedoms and continue to do so


linda m said...

A big Thank You to a all our Veterans for their service and also to their families who also have made sacrifices. Blessings

betty said...

Indeed thank you to all that have served and are serving, as well as their families!! Such dedication and service along with sacrifice!


jack69 said...

THANK YOU FOR THE TRIBUTE IN PRINT, and thanks to all our VETS and their sacrifices.


A wonderful tribute, indeed. Happy Veteran's Day.

Chatty Crone said...

Thank God for all our VETERANS and for us being safe.