Sunday, May 27, 2012

"By the dawn's early light....."

Those who know me well will be a bit shocked to know that I was up when the sun rose today, but I took advantage of the opportunity to go down to Red Wing's Bay Point Park, next to the Mississippi River, and took a picture of part of the "Field of Honor" that is erected here every year for Memorial Day. If you're around Red Wing this weekend, it's worth a visit.

And it was 98 years ago this month that John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields." Always chokes me up. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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