Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

I don't feel like we really do enough to celebrate Veterans Day. It's not like it's Christmas or Thanksgiving, after all...but it's just as important. Spare a thought for our veterans, in every country. They do what I could not, and I am thankful for them all.

Here's a bit of history, which we sometimes forget about: this day marks the celebration of the ceasefire during "The Great War," World War I. That was back when there was only one "world" war. That was some time ago.

For more history, check this link out. Or catch a slice of the culture with this famous poem, written during WWI.

              In Flanders Field
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.


Genie of the Shell said...

That's a beautiful poem. I didn't know it before.

I'm always aware of Veterans' Day because it's my birthday :) and also because I have a lot of family history related to WWII. And probably WWI too, but I don't know as much about it.

I wrote a piece about my family history over at the Nutshell. Come and see!

Donna Hole said...

Wow, that was beautiful.

Yes, veterans day is important. Not many left who remember The Great War, but its good to have articles to read online. Thanks for sharing the links.


Laura Canon said...

You know they're still digging up bones and munitions from those fields almost a hundred years later...

Just Another Sarah said...

Genie--Happy birthday!

We memorized this poem in elementary school, and to this day, it is probably one of the most memorable and meaningful things I learned. We traveled a lot, and my Mom is into family research, so we've been to a lot of cemeteries. The military cemeteries stick to my mind, and the poem rolls around my head. Thank you for your comment--and your beautiful story, which I just read.

Donna--Thank you. Thank you also for sharing the video you found in your post. It's haunting and beautiful.

Laura--I didn't, but I believe it. It's just so terrible.

L'Aussie said...

This is beautiful, the image and the poem It is an amazing place to visit, Flanders Fields. We mainly explored around Ypres..:)

Christopher said...

i think a good start would be to give more people the day off! it's become one of those holidays no one pays attention to because it feels like another thursday, we need to be more like the french when it comes to time off work

Just Another Sarah said...

L'Aussie: Your photos were magnifique! I have not been to Flanders Field, though I was at a military cemetery in France. I would like to see it, someday.

Christopher: That probably would help. I didn't have to work, and was happy to have the time off. It was nice to hear patriotic songs on the radio while I was driving around, too.