In Flanders Fields

  • Fritter

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    Nov 11, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    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

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we shall remember them.
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    U-hu

    I'd rather think of it as the start of Carnival season in my old hometown in Cologne, Germany.
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    This performance is by an old high school friend, very talented...it's about all soldiers, no matter what side they're on, and the untenable position they're put in by gov'ts. Powerful message. Words and music by Buffy St Marie

    Lest we forget.



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    Nov 11, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    I remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    Nov 11, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    They did when I was young too. I wonder why we don't see that too much anymore.
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    mplsmike said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    They did when I was young too. I wonder why we don't see that too much anymore.


    You guys are kidding me. Really?

    Most people here wear them, and we have a large detailed one with a suction cup in its center that we put on the transom glass beside the front door.
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    Ottawa is pretty big - as I write this 2 jets just cut through the sky in a heavy roar.
    Lest we forget...
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    @Fritter.....thanks for posting. That choked me up a little bit. And that seldom happens.
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Nov 11, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    I wore a white poppy, a poppy for peace.

    And to remember my Great Uncle who was, like many, many, others, a Consciencous Objector and who was imprisoned as a "Traitor".

    "My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
    Pro patria mori." Wilfred Owen.
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    mplsmike said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    They did when I was young too. I wonder why we don't see that too much anymore.

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    Nov 11, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Ahhh, makes me think of Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodiie. Her fiancé died on Flanders Field (or at least, that's the story she told her students).


    "I fell deeply in love
    with Hugh...

    in the last year
    of the war...

    but he fell
    on Flanders field."
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Read this poem in HS in AP English icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    Love that poem, especially the call to action at the end.

    We're all Veterans, in a sense, because we all fight in wars... just that some aren't televised, and with far scarier foes.
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    Nov 12, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    35Foxtrot saidLove that poem, especially the call to action at the end.

    We're all Veterans, in a sense, because we all fight in wars... just that some aren't televised, and with far scarier foes.


    I'm torn between being the gay activist warring with the haters, and the guy who teared up watching the TV coverage of the parade at the centaph today.

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    Nov 12, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Forgot about the date today, just happy to have the day off with my man.

    Had to go to the car wash to clean off all the Honeydew and bird crap that having to park under three pecan trees necessitates on a weekly bases.
    While changing a bill to coins, I had to push something out of my face, the wind making it annoying.
    "Who the fuck puts a flag here like this?"
    Holding it up and untangling it, it hit me, turning my knees against my weight...all the times I've had to hold one, fold one, place one on a loved ones lap, keep it higher than the other flags near it, raise it so fast I got rope burn, bring it down so slow it makes grown man weep.
    Damn, I hate and love that piece of cloth so much sometimes.
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    Nov 12, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.
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    Nov 12, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

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    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    I truly love this poem. Love it!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 12, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    FitSportsman said
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

    icon_sad.gif


    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.


    What are you talking about only like 1 out of 10 people wear a poppy in Wales.
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

    icon_sad.gif


    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.


    What are you talking about only like 1 out of 10 people wear a poppy in Wales.


    I was in Cardiff and Swansea this weekend and I would not say that it true... far more like 8/9 out of 10. The point is, it's an important day.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 12, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    FitSportsman said
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

    icon_sad.gif


    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.


    What are you talking about only like 1 out of 10 people wear a poppy in Wales.


    I was in Cardiff and Swansea this weekend and I would not say that it true... far more like 8/9 out of 10. The point is, it's an important day.


    Why does your location say Miami? I call bollocks
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    Nov 12, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

    icon_sad.gif


    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.


    What are you talking about only like 1 out of 10 people wear a poppy in Wales.


    I was in Cardiff and Swansea this weekend and I would not say that it true... far more like 8/9 out of 10. The point is, it's an important day.


    Why does your location say Miami? I call bollocks


    Do you think this thread is an appropriate place for your comment?

    I'm London based. Get a life and learn some respect.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 12, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    FitSportsman said
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    FitGwynedd said
    FitSportsman said
    UndercoverMan said
    mplsmike said
    Fritter said
    turbobilly saidI remember when people here used to wear paper poppies in commemoration...

    icon_sad.gif


    I think the poppy has been a British/Canadian tradition that the Americans have not picked up as much.


    Probably. I grew up in North Dakota near the Canadian border so there was a lot of Canadian/British influence. We also had a lot of veterans so Veteran's Day and wearing a poppy was always a big deal.


    I remember it here in the deep South (many miles from the Canadian border) also.


    Pretty much everyone in the UK, young and old, wears a poppy from Nov 1st through to today. The two minute silence at 11am on the 11th is observered literally everywhere. If I'm driving, I will always pull over to observe it and everything always stops at work.


    What are you talking about only like 1 out of 10 people wear a poppy in Wales.


    I was in Cardiff and Swansea this weekend and I would not say that it true... far more like 8/9 out of 10. The point is, it's an important day.


    Why does your location say Miami? I call bollocks


    I'm London based. Get a life and learn some respect.


    No your not. BOLLOCKS