Posted by: didyouseethis | May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

I’m honored to be part of the Tanker Brothers Rolling Victory Fast.

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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.

I think most of us are familiar with this poem. It makes me think of going to the cemetery with my parents when Memorial Day was still called Decoration Day. I also think of the old Soldiers selling red poppies and the aunt of a friend who gave me poppy seeds she brought home from a trip to France. I dedicate my fast today, Memorial Day Observed as it is marked on the calendar, to all those who gave their all that we may live the privileged lives we do.
I found this website, http://www.usmemorialday.org/ it’s everything you ever wanted to know about Memorial Day, and more. There is also a a link to a petition to restore the traditional date of May 30 as Memorial Day.

 

TAPS

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

 

 

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