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...]

Remembrance Day ~ We Will Not Forget

Remembrance Day ~ Lest We Forget the supreme sacrifice made by the men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces! "In Flanders Fields" written during the First World War by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially unsatisfied with his work, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday ~ Lest We Forget (w/LINKY)

Lest we forget the sacrifice made by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Photo attribution) … [Read more...]