Wednesday, November 10, 2010


In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
Canadian Army Medical Corps

In tribute to the fallen of the war that destroyed our beloved Western civilization, and by extension to all those fallen on the battlefield, yesterday as well as today. May they always be remembered.

To those of Germany and Austria:

To those of the United States:

To those of Great Britain and her Commonwealth:

To those of France:

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And to those of Russia, Italy, Belgium, and all other nations who lost a generation to the gas, the shells, and the machine guns. Let us pray earnestly that such an ordeal may never again fall upon our civilization, and that Our Good Lord may, in His mercy, "enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death... [and] direct our feet into the path of peace."

Miserere nobis, Domine.

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