In Flander’s Field

During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant

Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friendof his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “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.

Are you wearing your poppy?

By Findalis

Monkey in the Middle

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  • W.C Taqiyya

    Am I wearing a poppy? Nope, I’m not. But, help yourself to as many of them as you like. Now, just because I don’t wear a poppy doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good war movie. I love good war movies. However, why the heck do they show so many war movies on veteran’s day? Isn’t part of the point about being a war veteran that you earned some peace? How about some nice peaceful movies for a change? I don’t know about you, but I’m certain I earned it.