11 Remembrance Day Facts

Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images   "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, ..." These are the opening lines of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's famous war memorial poem, In Flanders Fields. McCrae, an army surgeon, wrote the entire poem while sitting on the tailgate of an ambulance on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. His ode to the fallen has become synonymous with Remembrance Day ceremonies around the world. 11 … [Read more...]

Why We Wear the Poppy #LestWeForget

{Photo attribution ~ Oak Lawn Images} The opening scene, in the movie Saving Private Ryan, is what I can only imagine being the closest thing to capturing the absolute horror, confusion and brutality of war. I am always left with a feeling of absolute wonder as to how any human being could function in the midst of such chaos and under so much duress. It definitely underscores the sacrifice these soldiers made and the tremendous debt of gratitude we, as a society, owe these brave … [Read more...]