Lest We Forget

But sadly, it seems many have forgotten.

On my way into work today, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were NOT wearing a poppy to show their respect and support of those who have died to give us the freedom we enjoy, and for those who are still fighting for the rights of others.  Of the 50 or so people on my car on the GO Train, 5 were wearing poppies over their hearts, and that included me.

What is the ultimate reason for this?

I am fortunate to have not lost a love one to war, but it has affected members of my family,  mainly my grandparents who lived in Europe during WWII.  This does not stop me from buying a poppy and pinning it over my heart, multiple times, because I keep losing them.

It’s not a lot to ask, considering the freedom I enjoy every day.

 

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

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