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Remembrance posters We remember.001In 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.

In honour of Remembrance Day 2015…
I reflect on In Flanders Fields” a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (above)

I see that it has been 100 years of honouring our war dead
With his words of grief and horror, his call that we might take up the torch
And honour our dead by continuing the fight with our foe

After all these years we can see the oppressed have become the oppressor,
The friend the foe, the foe the friend, the cycle is endless
As long as we believe war and conflict is our only way to solve problems
It’ll continue to be our only way

But I know in my heart of hearts that we honour our war heroes more, by finding
Our way to peace…so that we disarm our foe with love, not weapons
That we honour our dead by finding harmony on this planet
I take up the torch so that I can be a light to a path of equality
And light other torches along my way

I take up the torch and pledge to speak words of passionate love for life
To honour and respect what has been our past and pledge to evolve
So that in our near future we do not lay another body ‘neath the rows of poppies
Nor another mother weeps as she buries her children
Nor another soldier lives with the horror of what he/she has seen or done for his country

I pledge to stand for truth, fairness and kindness even as the world seeks to crush those who are different
I shine the light as brightly as I can so that the horror of our World Wars can be seen for what they are, not for what we wish they were

I honour Remembrance Day and all who have served…
They did their duty…now it is time for us to do ours…
To commit to peace…to take up the torch and pledge to be peace…
Not to simply desire it in our nation, but to be it in our hearts…
To encourage it in our politicians and to expect non-violent communications in our relationships

When war seems like the only solution to our problems, we need to look again
When peace is as profitable as war, we shall have peace
The price of one soldier’s life has to be considered an expense we cannot afford to pay

The price of destroying our very planet with toxins and chemicals and bombs, must shake us to our knees in grief, beyond the historic sorrow of Flanders Fields

While poppies blow in Flanders Fields let them be an image that paved the way to peace, not a glorification of destruction

I pray that LT.Col. John McCrae is watching us from on high and cheering us on to be the light of peace that his ‘Torch passing’ evolved us to be

Catherine Whelan Costen
November 3, 2015

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