In Flanders Fields
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
These words were penned immediately following a horrific battle in World War I. They were penned not by a poet, but by a medial officer who had just endured 17 days of horror culminating in the death of a young soldier who had been one of his students before the war. McCrae actually crumpled it up and tossed it away, thinking it wasn’t very good. A young Sergeant Major picked it up and was so moved that he sent it to two newspapers in England.
This morning let us pause and examine ourselves to see if we have lived worthy lives, worthy of the sacrifice of the millions who died so that we could live in freedom.
LCDR Jim Jenkins, CHC, USN
Copyright 2007 by Jim Jenkins. All rights reserved.