Friday, November 9, 2012

We Remember

Sunday is Remembrance Day here in Canada. As school children, we were taught to memorize the poem, "In Flanders Fields," written by a fellow Canadian. Repeating it so often as children, we didn't really understand the meaning of it. Reading it over as an adult brings new meaning to this poignant poem. 

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

Both my Grandfathers served in WWII. A few years ago, I found my Grandpa's journal that he wrote during his time in the war. It was so special to have a little insight into his thoughts and perspective during that time. I want to scan and preserve his journal so that someday my son will be able to read it and get to know a bit about his great grandfather.

There's is a novel I like to read that really gives a new perspective on what war was like at home. "Rilla of Ingleside," by L.M. Montgomery puts a story to the history and brings to life the thoughts and feelings of people during the first world war. What a time to live through! Remembrance Day reminds us of the horrors of war in the hopes that we will never repeat such atrocities. It is a lesson that we have yet to learn.

What does this time mean for you? Do you mark it in anyway?


  1. Hi Kris, I discovered your blog while looking for knitting patterns! Love your photos, your baby is adorable!
    Thanks for posting In Flanders Fields, I didn't realize it was written by a fellow Canadian.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Chris! I hope you enjoy the blog!


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