NHBPM Sunday Quotes – Remembrance Day

(Image via cbc.ca)

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. I did this post last year during NHBPM of some of the different ways that we remember and pay homage.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

G. K. Chesterton

But fame is theirs – and future days
On pillar’d brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead –
“These for their country fought and bled.”

Philip Freneau

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

Jose Narosky

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

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2 comments

  1. The irony with In Flanders Fields, is that John McCrae died in January 1918. He didn’t get the opportunity to see how much an impact his poetry (on the death of a friend in battle) would have on future generations.
    If only the “Great War” (ww1) had really been “the war to end all wars.”

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