In Flanders Fields (off topic) 11/11/2006

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by interurban, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    In Flanders Fields
    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.
  2. papasmurf37

    papasmurf37 Member

    SINCERE THANKS for your post today! Youngest son, in NG, just returned from Iraq, SAFE[THANK YOU LORD!] and an older son in Regular Army may deploy any time. Am also vet, so PROUDLY SALUTE all our Sons and Daughters who have worn and wear our Country's Uniform!
  3. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Member

    Also, SINCERE THANKS, from a Canadian vet!
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    You guys are SINCERELY welcome.

    Lest we forget.
  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thank-you Chris. I watched the Canadian Remembrance Day ceremonies on CBC this morning and with tears in my eyes I thought of that poem. My father was a veteran of WWII and since he passed away this day has become even more meaningful to me.

  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Yes I did too Val.
    When I read that poem , I am always in tears.

    God Bless our frontline men and women Every where.
    And all our support groups.
  7. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I added medals to my dress blues for my time spent in Iraq yesterday…
    My boys asked about them and what they meant…
    I quietly thought how strange…

    They do not equally balance the anxiety and fear I felt, flying low, searching out those that would shoot me down while I tried to complete my mission.

    They do not capture the emptiness my heart felt each day I was deployed.

    They cannot replace the time spent away from my wife and children.

    For there are no ribbons or medals for those things.

    They are but a roadmap of where this veteran’s career has taken him.

    Or just maybe a token of thanks from his country.

    Because for those of us who know the meaning of each ribbon,

    We understand what it really took to earn it.

    Appreciate the true sacrifice.

    And can soberly reflect on the military operation it stands for.

    As others admire all the ribbon colors, I think the veteran simply wants to know that his effort was not in vain.

    His loyalty was not wasted or misplaced.

    That the special trust his fellow countrymen granted him is still there.

    To know that all the sacrifice that he and his family made to provide the unbroken line of freedom this country has enjoyed is still appreciated.

    Because we take an oath to fight for you, bleed for you, and if need be, die for you. That your life may enjoy the sameness of everyday.

    Then in thanks for a time spent in the service of others - from the people through their government - we might be offered a ribbon of thanks…but more importantly...

    ...that they would remember us.
  8. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Member

    Amen Herc Driver! couldn't have put it any better myself!
  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    From the bottom of this heart of mine I thankyou,
    But that seems so small an acknowledgement.

    Know this,, I will not forget.

    As all families have been stung by conflict old and new,
  10. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    I am a disabled veteran in Louisiana. I want to thank the people who went before me, those who were in at the same time I was and those who have been in since.

    I salute you for you valiant efforts to keep out country free and to check the spread of tyranny. Keep up the good fight.

    Jeffrey Wimberly, now a civilian.
    Last unit, Co A, 105th S & t Bn, 5th infantry Division (Mech), Ft Polk, Louisiana.
  11. kirkendale

    kirkendale Member

    Lest we not forget,,, remember to KEEP wearing your poppy for a few more days, too many people are proud to wear it before the 11th, then on the 12th off it comes and out it goes....
  12. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Many thanks to all of you vets of all wars, on both sides of the border. I personally appreciate your sacrifices.
  13. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Member

    You're heartily welcome! Freedom from fear, and tyranny comes with a very high price, but knowing that people like you really understand, and appreciate, what vets like myself, and all of the other brave men, and women everywhere have done, and continue to do, to keep us all free, make our sacrifices all the more worthwhile, and confirms for us that our fallen comrades did not die in vain, and so I thank you, my friend.
  14. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Thank you vets.. we owe mroe to you than we ever could say. Being a funeral director near a national cemetary, ive helped bury many veterans, and therefore I apprecieate them more than anything. Your sacrafices and dedication have not gone un noticed.
  15. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I memorized that poem in the sixth grade for an assembly we had.
    Having payed a visit to the real Flanders Field when stationed overseas, it meant more to me then.
    Here's to my brothers in arms...No mater where you call home.
  16. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I salute all the vets on this board. Each answered their country's call to arms. Each bravely followed orders. Each deserves our admiration.

    May I offer a personal story...

    When I came home, I got off my military plane and moments later boarded a civilian airliner taking me to reunite with my family. Without any time to change I still wore my desert brown flight suit. I was struck by how many people took time to say "Thank you" and wish me well. But I was not prepared for what happened after we all boarded the plane.

    With everyone boarded, I stowed my bag and settled into my coach seat. Just then I was approached by the flight attendant who softly said the entire crew would like me to move to first class. At first I politely refused - but she was insistant. As I rose, the entire plane began applauding. I fought hard to hide my tears of gratitude as I walked from the back of the plane to my new seat in the front. It was the most touching thing I had ever experienced in all my years of military service. I was then and am still today deeply moved by that experience.

    As our flight landed, I remembered that my bag was still in the back of the plane's overhead bin, so I waited patiently for everyone to disembark. People said their good-byes and still thanked me for my service. Then a small grandmotherly lady came into view toting my bag. She had brought it forward for me just so she could personally offer her thanks. I was unable to speak but the tears welled up again.

    I ended up being the last person off the plane and turning the corner off the jetway found my wife standing in front of a small circle of passengers who tarried just long enough to see us embrace after months apart. Everyone smiled as we all went our ways. I wished every vet could have a moment like this when they returned home.

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