Lest We Forget

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On this Remembrance (Veteran's) Day I made every effort to attend our local ceremonies to honour our fallen warriors. Unfortunately, I was called away, but I think I'm content with the situation. You see, my patient was a 93 year old WWII Veteran C/O Chest pain. A/O and, as with anyone in my small town, someone well known to me on a personal level.

As we were transporting him to the hospital I noticed the clock was about to turn 11:00. I told him that in deference to the hour I was going to stop asking him questions for one minute of silence while I continued to work. He was very appreciative and thanked me for my moment of respect, to which I responded that the Thanks was mine for his service.

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.

John McCrae

In Flanders Now

We have kept faith, ye Flanders' dead,

Sleep well beneath those poppies red,

That mark your place.

The torch your dying hands did throw,

We've held it high before the foe,

And answered bitter blow for blow,

In Flanders' fields.

And where your heroes' blood was spilled,

The guns are now forever stilled,

And silent grown.

There is no moaning of the slain,

There is no cry of tortured pain,

And blood will never flow again

In Flanders' fields.

Forever holy in our sight

Shall be those crosses gleaming white,

That guard your sleep.

Rest you in peace, the task is done,

The fight you left us we have won.

And "Peace on Earth" has just begun

In Flanders now.

Edna Jaques

Please, take time to remember the sacrifice our Veterans have made.

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I was able to go to our ceremony today, and as the Unit Chief I am the one that lay's the wreath. This is such a honor to do, as many great people died so that I can have the freedom to do so.........

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