On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

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On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

Post by Lurker on Sun May 24, 2015 4:27 am

"In Flanders Fields"

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.


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-25/news/ct-kass-met-0525-20140525_1_poppies-flanders-fields-memorial-day

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Re: On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

Post by Ben Reilly on Sun May 24, 2015 8:16 am

It's beautiful, and I'm sure the song "Green Fields of France" borrows heavily from it. I think Memorial Day is for remembering how horrible war is, so that hopefully, someday, we're morally shocked into not doing it anymore.



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