OT: Please Take A Moment To Reflect

Hopefully you’ve had the chance to drink a few beers over this long holiday weekend. Maybe you even fired up the grill and had some meats cooked over flame and commiserated with friends and family. But, let’s pause and reflect on why we have this long weekend. Today is Memorial Day and I encourage your to take a moment to give thanks to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. While the verse that follows is more closely associated with the Canadian holiday Remembrance Day, the sentiment is appropriate.

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 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 die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.