Thursday, November 11, 2010

REMEMBRANCE DAY

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row, . . .

(Capt. John McRae)


 

I have an uncle buried there,

my Mom's oldest brother,

wounded in the battle for Vimy Ridge,

who died a few days later

from his wounds 

in a Canadian field hospital.

13 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I very solemn day for all.

CJ xx

potsoc said...

I commented on your other blog but in case it does get through as usual i will also comment here. My father was wounded, in Greece, in 1916 and fought against the Turks from 1912 on. My wife's uncle was killed, he was achaplain, in Vimy.
We will not forghet and we remind the new generations.

The Blog Fodder said...

Wars are started by and benefit the wealthy. They are fought by and paid for by the poor. Since the dawn of time.

Preseli Mags said...

As a journalist I had the privilege of interviewing veterans for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. It was only then that I really appreciated why we have Remembrance Day. So many of those I interviewed have now died - but I will always remember them.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Thank you for your memories and family stories. My grandfather fought for France in WWI, my dad in WWII, and my husband in Vietnam. All three survived the battles of their time. I have an appreciation of this day of remembrance. I saw my parents over the weekend which gave me an opportunity to talk about his dad's war experiences in WWI.

xx
Genie

Natalie said...

Lest We Forget.

Diana said...

God bless his soul. Bravery is never forgotten. Love Di ♥

Rob-bear said...

® CJ: An important day for reflection.

® potsoc: My son has the family history. My grandchildren will learn our family's commitment — three generations "in uniform."
Ironic that we both lost uncles at Vimy Ridge (a definitive moment in Canadian history). Thank you for sharing that personal information.

® Blog Fodder: I remember a sign which said, "All warfare is class warfare."

® PM: My second stint as a chaplain to the military occurred when I worked at a long-term care facility for our Department of Veterans' Affairs. The men, generally, had seen enough horror that they weren't all that willing to discuss it. I understand.

® Genie: Another family with three generations "in uniform."

® Natalie: "We will remember them."

® Di: Thank you!

Tattie Weasle said...

A day of great thoughfullness and ponder. As an army brat I will always remember...

Rob-bear said...

® Tattie: It is a day for deep thought. Thanks for visiting.

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

We shall never forget♥

Nancy said...

My family has had way too many buried for this reason.

Amanda said...

a thoughtful post for a most important day~god bless your uncle and may his memory be eternal~