For the Fallen
To those Canadians – fallen in service to their Country, we remember you.
To those Canadians – injured in service to their Country, we thank you.
To those Canadians – serving our Country, or in the service of others on our behalf, we thank you.
From Laurence Binyon‘s ‘Ode of Remembrance’:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Written by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during WW1, ‘In Flanders Fields’ is probably the most well-known of war poems. McCrae wrote it following the Second Battle of Ypres.
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.