Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you're having a wonderful day of family time, picnics, and fun to kick off summer!

Things are low key today at our house. Hubby is working, and so am I (how better to spend a day alone?). And the dogs will get their morning walk. Tonight we'll have brats (using this recipe, Midwestern Style)

So it's business as usual...except for this:

Memorial Day

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. 

WWI British Cemetery at Abbeville in France, 1918
public domain 

That poem was written May 3, 1915 by John McCrae. He was a Canadian, and a soldier first, and physician second. He had volunteered for service in the Second Boer War, and at the age of 41 volunteered again for duty in World War One. On May 2, 1915, during the second Battle of Ypres, his friend, Alexis Helmer, was killed in battle. Lieutenant Colonel McCrae wrote this poem for his funeral.

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? So we never forget to remember.

So enjoy your picnics, rest, and family time. But don't forget to remember why we hold this day separate from all the rest...

Have a great holiday, a wonderful week, and I'll see you all next Monday!


  1. Lovely post for a special day.... I didn't know the history behind the poem.... Bless you, Jan! And a wonderful Monday... Memorial Day.... to you.

    1. To you, too, Ruthy! Enjoy your day!

  2. Thank you for a beautiful post for this Memorial Day, Jan. Trust it's been a lovely day for you.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn! It was a lovely and very productive day. :) I hope your day was, also!

  3. Thank you for sharing, Jan. I'm so thankful for our brave men and women who've sacrificed all for our wonderful country.

    1. You're welcome, Missy. I am always humbled by the spirit of those men and women.