Lest we forget….

I’ve just had the pleasure, as I regularly do to read a post from a much travelled friend of mine, after living abroad for several years she’s home now, re-establishing her roots and creating new… today she reflected on 11.11.11. At 11am today I hope all of us take a moment to remember, those lost, those injured and those still serving to create the lifestyle the envy of almost all. While I won’t be able to attend the service in Bigge Park my overseas guest will,  he has come to look forward (if that’s the right term) to spending a short time at our memorial when he’s here visiting from Sweden,usually in November , a country with a rich history of violence and conflict (Viking times) as opposed to modern warfare as they remain neutral in conflicts, who now also have peace keepers in Afghanistan.  

Let’s take time today to reflect on those families  who mourn the loss of a loved one, those who wait patiently while their loved one is overseas, for the rich patriotism and the  gentle souls who fought for our freedoms over the generations and thank God they did so, and while we’re at it, think of those who aren’t as fortunate who still struggle day to day for mere survival let alone a quality of life we take for granted. I will share with you the verse she posted….

In Flander’s 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.

– Captain John D. McCrae,  3 May 1915,  Flanders

Thank you Ursula

Lest we forget!

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