AppTudes.com welcomes writers from around the world, but we are a Canadian owned and operated site. As major participants, we know all about Veteran’s Day, which was first a day of remembrance for the soldiers who gave their lives and limbs in World War I.
We also know the poppy, the Commonwealth symbol of this day when we now honour our active soldiers and peace keepers, veterans of all the great wars, and all soldiers who have served on the side of freedom around the world, well too. This holiday, we share with the USA and many other wonderful nations, but the poppy symbol comes from a poem written by a Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae who saw the carnage amidst the poppies in Flanders Field.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all who have fought and lived to fight another day, and those would gave their lives for our freedom – the very freedom which lets bloggers like us spout off about anything we want. We owe them everything we hold dear.
We also thank the family of soldiers past and present for their sacrifices. We missed the moment of silence, but reprint here that iconic poem, and leave it pinned to the top all weekend in the hopes it inspires new generations as it has old ones, to give peace a chance.
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.
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.
We salute you, brave men and women, this and every day -
The Staff at AppTudes.