Friday, 11 November 2011

11.11.11


11.11.11


ARMISTICE DAY



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 those who die
We shall not sleep. though poppies grow
in Flanders Fields



by John McCrae, May 1915





Inspiration for Flanders Fields

During the second battle of Ypres, a young Canadian, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on the 2 May 1915. He was serving in the same military command as his friend Major John McCrea. As the brigade doctor, McCrae was asked to conduct the funeral service for Helmer. It is believed that this poem was composed after the burial had taken place.




Armistice Day commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I, and Germany, at Compiegne, in France. in 1918
The cessation of hostilities ended on the Western Front at the "eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.




In Our Family - We Remember



Private John Hopkins
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Died 24 January 1919





Driver Frederick Arkwright
Royal Army Service Corps
Died 1 February 1945
Buried Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium


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