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Dept. of Remembrance

 Lest We Forget

I love the poem "In Flanders Fields" but the last verse — "take up our quarrel with the foe" — is something that doesn't sit well with me. Still, Flanders Field represents both the senseless loss of war and the crucial remembrance of both what is senseless, and what, sometimes, is necessary to fight for.

And, most important, it reminds us of the men and woman who labored, fought and died.

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Flanders Field during the First World War

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(Painting "In Flanders Fields" by Dirk Lemmens)

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Nov. 11th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful post...blessings to all those who have lived, fought and died so we can be free.

Nov. 11th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks - and I'd add that we need to remember those who lived, fought and died, even in wars that might not be considered "just" wars; the policy makers can be blamed for starting wars, but we need to remember the names of those who those policies sent into battle.

And we also need to remember the people who didn't wear uniforms who died as well. It is no dishonor to our military men and women to remember civilians who die in war. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women ... they are protectors, too, and I believe that most of them are those who most want to prevent civilian casualties.
Nov. 11th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Very much this!! There are so many, many people who have made this country and how it is today possible. None of them should ever be forgotten. There is no 'small' ways to serve this country. And that should also be remembered.
Nov. 14th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Rudyard Kipling wrote of his son's death in World War I: "If they ask why we died, tell them because our fathers lied."
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