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Poem: To Honor Those Who Lived a Cause

A Memorial Day Tribute ~ In loving gratitude to all who served and serve in faith ever new. ...lest we forget...

 

Flowers and flags in devoted array
A loving tribute this Memorial Day
This moment this day and so a pause
To honor those who lived a cause
With valor and sacrifice life they gave
And embraced the call yet to be brave
Answered they did to liberty's plea
That freedom be held for a you, a me
Memory of each life gone never to fade
Live we life's blessings for sacrifice made.

In loving gratitude to all who served and serve in faith ever new.
...lest we forget...

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Flanders Fields, Painting, Willy Werner.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

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.

John McCrae, May 1915

Major John McCrae was second in command of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery during the Second Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915.

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields-inspiration.htm

In Flanders Fields - Lest We Forget - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BsOsdGtBBTg

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Rose Marie Raccioppi May 26, 2012 at 04:09 AM
And New York pays tribute in a special Memorial Day Exhibit... Memorial Day Exhibit | hallofgovernors.ny.gov - http://www.hallofgovernors.ny.gov/generic/memorialdayexhibit
Rose Marie Raccioppi May 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Offered are links that bring the message of Memorial Day ... http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields-inspiration.htm In Flanders Fields - Lest We Forget - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BsOsdGtBBTg
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Those who "gave their life" for the Country are never dead! They are all alive! I will never refere them as . . . . "dead" the We are the Dead. Short days ago . . ." I am a Writer too; but [may be] not a "poet"! . . . But! It's ok! Just a comment! And concluding; this is how I feel inside out that they "are "pouring rain and sunshine with God We Trust as One Nation Under Him!. We the Writers and Poets and Everyone Enjoying the Blessings unintrupped taking for granted. TIME MAGAZINE call them 1% and I disagree! They are not 1%; they are everything that We as a Nation Must Be Thankful to them at all times! The Soil will Honor Them to Eternity! God Bless America. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
JJ May 29, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Well said..........
Rose Marie Raccioppi May 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thank You JJ ... appreciate your kind response.

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