On Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran’s Day, commemorating the armistace that ended the fighting in World War I nearly ninety years ago.

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.

Read more about the writing of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” and reflect on the meaning of Veteran’s Day. Let me quote one of the last century’s greatest philosophers, Linus Van Pelt: “What have we learned, Charlie Brown?”

What have we learned?

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On Veteran's Day

  1. Over here it is Remembrance Day (with Remembrance Sunday on the nearest Sunday to it) and it is for the fallen of all wars. The Royal British Legion’s campaign this year included an advert featuring a woman whose husband died in Iraq in 2003 and their daughter, and a man who was disabled in the 1990 Gulf War, as well as the WW1 and WW2 veterans. Is the American Veteran’s Day similar?

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