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B94President Woodrow Wilson created Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I. It was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all who serve.

The card at right reminds me a little of a poppy. I grew up in Canada, and well remember saving my pennies to buy a poppy to wear on November 11th…a custom that continues today.

In Canada and Australia, this day is observed as "Remembrance Day." Great Britain observes it on the Sunday closest to November 11th.

I visited Normandy, France, several years ago, and as I walked among the rows of white markers, I was moved to recite the poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army.

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In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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 dieC112
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

  

 

Veteran tribute at You Tube. Click here if you cannot view the video.

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