10 November 2008

Lest We Forget

Tomorrow on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour we pause for a moment of silence to remember. We remember those who have and are fighting and dying for our freedom. They are the men and women who served in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Afghanistan and countless other locations in the world. They are the people who are willing to die for their country.

I am proud of my family, on both sides, who have defended and died for this country. I am told my grandfather used to say "I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." That's what he and other veterans fought for. We seem to be at risk of losing that right in this country, but tomorrow is no the time to worry about that. Tomorrow is a day of remembrance, so please, at 11am tomorrow pause for a moment of silence, and say a prayer for all our veterans and their families.

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

We will remember them.

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