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    Posted: 29 June 2006 at 22:26

July 1st marks the anniversary of the battle of the Somme, so a moment of reflection....

 

For Percy, Walter and all the other young men who never made it home

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.

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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2006 at 22:37

thank you for posting this V my grandad lost 7 brothers in the first World war

so to Francis Marvin, Vincent, George, Richard, Thomas, William and Robert - we carry your memory on and will never forget

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Those who've died in a state of grace are not truly "dead"; they are our beloved in Heaven ..
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  Quote AmyW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 June 2006 at 21:30

For her O level English Lit Blue did a paper on War Poetry  including "In Flanders Fields" and this one, buy "Woodbine Willy" an army chaplain.  I have never forgotten is coz it says exactly what I feel about wars

Waste of Muscle, waste of Brain,
Waste of Patience, waste of Pain,
Waste of manhood, waste of Health,
Waste of Beauty, waste of Wealth
Waste of Blood and waste of Tears
Waste of Youth's most precious years
Waste of ways the saints have trod,
Waste of Glory, waste of God -
War!

 

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