Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman
seattlesparks

[General] Armistice/Remembrance/Veterans Day

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.

--Lt. Col. John McCrae, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, May 3, 1915 (World War I)


Whether or not you agree with the war (I'm sure everyone knows I do not), remember today to honor the men and women who serve their countries far from home, and too often come home to little thanks.

If you see a homeless veteran -- and there are far too many around -- on the streets near your supermark, buy them a nice warm meal at the deli inside or something similar. $5-6 for a bag of warm chicken strips or a bowl of hot noodles is such a small price to repay a part of their service.
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