A Few Holiday Photos #5: Flanders Fields

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I was in Belgium a month ago and took these photos near Ypres.


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.
John McCrae

Lieutenant colonel John McCrae was a Canadian physician on the front lines in WWI.
We visited his field hospital (a bunker) with a small group and our Belgian tour guide read this poem, well known to all Canadians. We all cried.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 02:15 AM

This is a poignant reminder of the huge sacrifice that Canadian and American boys made for our freedoms today.

I appreciate your posting this Paul. It gives me chills and warms my heart at the same time.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks Paul…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 02:21 AM

Well said my friend.

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 02:21 AM

A good reminder for those who should not be forgotten.

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 02:32 AM

Great post Paul. Something to reflect on

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 03:00 AM

when tomorrow comes, and i think of all who have given their lives in the fight for freedom , from the first day to now, i thank them all for the freedom we all enjoy wherever we live, men and women and children have given their lives for the cause of freedom, God bless their souls, let us never forget what they gave , and i hope that as much peace as possible may exist everywhere. thank you Paul.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 03:52 AM

Nice post at a most fitting time.

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 04:32 AM

Many thanks! Your European travel have taken you to some super places that you can realize the courageous efforts our (Canadian and American) service men put forward during WW I and WW II. What a fortunate person you are.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 11-11-2013 04:51 AM

Very appropriate for tomorrow. Thank you.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 07:56 AM

Anyone visiting these memorials cannot help being moved by the enormity of the sacrifice made by each and everyone of those souls who are now at rest. They will always be remembered.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 11-11-2013 10:26 AM

A touching and heartfelt poem Paul. It was nice and decent of you to take the time to honor the fallen. Nine million men were killed in WWI because of callous national leaders. History just keeps repeating itself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 11-11-2013 12:31 PM

Very good timing, Paul! They are all to be honored for their sacrifice!!
Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-11-2013 12:51 PM

Thnx Paul. I am so thankful and grateful of all our Veterans. They are why we have the freedoms we have come to luv.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 11-11-2013 01:16 PM

I was a front line soldier once, have lost good friends and been in the line of fire many times, but I have very different points of view today. The MIC that Roosevelt warned about, is currently decimating the planet is taking the chidreick from the mothers breast to their graves faster than ever before, and its about time we looked at why.

We have as humans killed over 100 million humans over the last 100 years, for profit and greed for control of the planets labour, resources and its time for a real change.

Rest in peace my dear lost friends, no more can I condone the heady murder and slaughter of the planets people for profit.


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#15 posted 11-11-2013 02:49 PM

I was able to visit the Arizona memorial a few years ago with my Marine son, really makes you stop and think.
Some wars must be fought, but it is time to take a good look at the reasons we are fighting. I want to thank
all veterans.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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