Saturday, November 11, 2006


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.

at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month canadians will remember for two minutes those fallen during war [ww I].

death toll of ww I: approximately 10 million, followed by a similar number only 20 some odd years later.

lieutenant col. john mccrae wrote the poem in memorium of a friend; this poem has come to symbolize the horrors of war and and the valor of soldiers who fought for freedom. it is learned by school children during their elementary years.

oddly & sadly, nov 11 is not considered a recognized "holiday" [cessation of work] in my home province of quebec.

the museum in belgium at flanders.

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seeing as poppies are the theme for this post, check out:

for everything poppy, especially edible


AAArecipes for more

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from mccormick's:
Poppy seed has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. The tiny poppy seed actually comes from the plant that produces opium. The botanical name for the poppy flower means "sleep bearing." Poppies were even used in the Wizard of Oz to put Dorothy to sleep. The seed does not have this effect. Poppy seed was used as a condiment as early as the first century A.D. The red poppy flower has been the symbol of fallen warriors throughout history and was adopted as the emblem to commemorate Veterans Day in the United States.


rooma said...

nice poem Bureka Boy :)

Ostara said...

Interesting! Thanks for posting. I've linked to you from my own Remembrance Day post. It's not a "holiday" in Ontario, either, but banks and government offices are closed. Lots of poppy pins being worn this year - nice to see.

burekaboy — said...

rooma - hi, thanks. this poem is 'ingrained' into canadians' psyches from their early schoolyears. many canadians enlisted to fight & many died horrible deaths at very young ages.

ostara - thank you for the link. appreciated ;-) we had a whole big thing here about several groceries stores not allowing veterans to sell the pins for more than a certain amount of hours. it created quite the situation. i think many more pins are being worn this year; i surmise the deaths of soldiers in iraq has influenced this also. as for observance here, i am sure you know we are an anomoly in certain respects ;p

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hi :) Thanks for visiting my blog and its not a holiday here either except for the government of course! Hey....I credit you guys for holding on tight to your history there. The rest of Canada seems to have thrown history to the wind sadly.