Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

7 comments:

Nick from Canada said...

As a veteran myself, I would like to be the first to share a Canadian poem that we Canadians say for our fallen. I share this poem with you USA

In Flander's 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 Flander's 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, tho poppies grow
In Flander's fields.

Liet. -Col. John McCrae

Andrew said...

Let us also honor the FBI and IRS agents, casualties in the war against a 105-lb. mentally ill homosexual Uzbek. :-p

Rob Dawg said...

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
-Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

w said...

Those statues are really neat.

Where is that memorial?

Rob Dawg said...

Korean War Veterans Memorial near the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. My dad was a Korean vet. Master Sargent, bomb disposal.

w said...

Talk about nerve wracking work. It must take a certain personality to do that job. Not unlike a surgeon.

Peripheral Visionary said...

My respect to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. The Korean War Memorial is very nice, just around the corner from the Vietnam War Memorial, and not far from the new World War II Memorial. All worth visiting if you get a chance.