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Lest we forget

November 11, 2020

WW1 1914-1918 (Est. 15-22 million deaths)

WW11 1939-1945 (Est 50-56 million deaths)

Regardless of politics, economic values, or religion, both the poem In Flanders Field and the bright red Poppies serve to remind us of the sacrifices, horrors, and deaths of a price paid to fight for our freedom. Notwithstanding, there are those who survived who had to endure the unimaginable and lived to tell-- no doubt remember the war, as well with thoughts and feelings that I myself can not imagine.

Courage, survival, fortitude, values, beliefs, compassion, empathy, humanity, and dignity are words that come to mind as reminders of the importance of peace and freedom.

Lest we forget!

In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, physician and poet, from Guelph Ontario wrote the renowned and beautiful poem that is a reminder of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Although in honor of his good friend, it became a precious reminder of the price paid. It’s worthy and à propos of the read on this occasion.

"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. [emphasis mine] If ye break
faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

Whether people died as military personnel, support roles, returned home injured or worse, or civilians from battle, toxic deadly weapons, bullets, famine, prison camps, illness or more---death brings sorrow for those who remember, among those who survived, and those who ponder the imaginable.

Lest we forget.

Lest we forget.

Lest we forget.

Thank you.


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