Thank You, Those Who Have Served

Lots of responses to Memorial Day:
“Wait, what?”
“Whoo hoo! Day off!”
“Family camping trip!”
“Sorry, Dawn- you can’t really have a birthday party because everyone’s out of town.”
(Sorry. Childhood trauma.)

Seriously, though – it’s such a beautiful and reverent holiday to celebrate on the last Monday of May. We honor the sacrifice, the duty, the selflessness of those who gave their lives serving their country. Every time I read about women and men who are on the front lines in the name of the United States, I am filled with awe. I did not choose that path, but I am grateful that they did. Thank you.
To remember the dead, I give you John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” one of the best known poems about WWI.

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.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

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One Response to Thank You, Those Who Have Served

  1. Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful poem. I will share with my husband.

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