Memorial Day

On this day when we pause from our work and regular labors, let us remember the commitment and sacrifice of all of the members of the armed forces.

Golden Gate National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery

A world away from California, but veterans’ cemeteries always make me think of the poem In Flanders Fields by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. of the Canadian Army, written after Ypres.

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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