Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

It's Veterans Day here in the US and Remembrance Day elsewhere in the world. I was lucky enough to be in London last year for their Remembrance Day ceremony. The two minutes of silence was eerie and wonderful to behold. Very moving even as I watched from the periphery.

I found this beautiful photograph on the Guardian's site.

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.