Today we take a moment to stop and be grateful. Today our gratitude for our every day is focused on the men and women who fought and fight for our freedoms.
Why today do we show this gratitude more?
On remembrance day members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated. The other common name for this dayis Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I. on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventhhour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month).
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
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.“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Originally published: 1917