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Remembrance Day.

Posted by gottabkd on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I heard on the radio this morning that more of the younger generation are now taking an interest to learning about this day called Remembrance Day. A day that pays tribute to war veterans everywhere…. Interesting

It was claimed that because more young people actually now know someone who has been affected by the current war, they are now interested in knowing what today is all about. Sad, if you ask me, because every generation has known about war, been directly or indirectly affected by war and at the very least, learned the history of war in school…

Yet… because they did not know someone who went to war, then they could care less what this day stands for…

Are we raising an ignorant youth? One that only pays attention when it directly affects them personally? One that only cares about their iPods, PSP3’s, making money and only themselves?
Sad, but I think we are..

The poem below is one of the most famous Remembrance Day poems to be repeated and according to the description below, the poem describes the impressions of war that were left on a young John McRae during WWI. He was a Canadian medical officer and was, obviously, profoundly affected by what he observed. A quote from The Canadian Legion’s website says:

“…he observed how “we are weary in body and wearier in mind. The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare.”

In May, 1915, on the day following the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. These 15 lines, written in 20 minutes, captured an exact description of the sights and sounds of the area around him.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae left Ypres with these memorable few lines scrawled on a scrap of paper. His words were a poem which started, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” Little did he know then that these 15 lines would become enshrined in the innermost thoughts and hearts of all soldiers who hear them. Through his words, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.”

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.

John McCrae

poppy

Lest we forget….

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2 Responses to “Remembrance Day.”

  1. fracas said

    I agree with you about the generation we’re raising. And while we get angry at them… it’s really our own fault. We’re not raising them right. I’ve said it so many times… but no one my age wants to listen to that. They think parenting is all about being their kids’ friend… like *their* parents weren’t.

    *Sigh*

  2. gottabkd said

    I agree Fraccy, it IS the parents fault…. they have no *balance* when teaching children, they are more afraid of their kids hating them than respecting them…. problem then becomes everyone else who has been *raised right* hates (very strong word but appropriate here) them. What will these kids be like in the real world?

    *really big big sigh*.

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