Juan (mcclintock) wrote,

Veteran's Day

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the US. It’s known as Remembrance Day in some other countries (most Commonwealth countries for example). Older folks call it Armistice Day—its original name. On November 11, 1918 the Allied troops in Europe accepted the German surrender. Since then, ‘at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’ people pause to reflect on the sacrifice that the soldiers made to protect our freedom. Although the day began in reference to the Great War, it has since come to include subsequent conflicts.

Tomorrow might be a good day to thank those you know who have served and to reflect on the sacrifices they have made and the risks they have taken.

What’s the poppy symbolize? It is associated with a poem, written by John McRae a Canadian doctor who served in the Great War
(you can read more about it at here.)

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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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