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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.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

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  1. And let’s also remember appropriately those who don’t want us to remember:

    Memories
    1930

    “The eradication of memories of the Great War. -SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT ORGAN

    The Socialist Government speaks:

    THOUGH all the Dead were all forgot
    And razed were every tomb,
    The Worm-the Worm that dieth not
    Compels Us to our doom.
    Though all which once was England stands
    Subservient to Our will,
    The Dead of whom we washed Our hands,
    They have observance still.

    We laid no finger to Their load.
    We multiplied Their woes.
    We used Their dearly-opened road
    To traffic with Their foes:
    And yet to Them men turn their eyes,
    To Them are vows renewed
    Of Faith, Obedience, Sacrifice,
    Honour and Fortitude!

    Which things must perish. But Our hour
    Comes not by staves or swords
    So much as, subtly, through the power
    Of small corroding words.
    No need to make the plot more plain
    By any open thrust;
    But-see Their memory is slain
    Long ere Their bones are dust!

    Wisely, but yearly, filch some wreath-
    Lay some proud rite aside-
    And daily tarnish with Our breath
    The ends for which They died.
    Distract, deride, decry, confuse-
    (Or-if it serves Us-pray!)
    So presently We break the use
    And meaning of Their day!

    Never forget.

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