Weekly Feature

2018-11-07 / Front Page

In Flanders Fields

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The accompanying poem, and the bright red poppies of Belgium, are a lasting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Allies.

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.

– John McCrae (1872–1918)

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