We Lived, Felt Dawn, Saw Sunset Glow

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
~Lawrence Binyon from “For the Fallen” (1914)
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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.
~Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae “In Flanders Fields”
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To our military veterans here and abroad –with deep appreciation and gratitude–for the freedoms you have defended on behalf of us all:

My father was one of the fortunate ones who came home, returning to a quiet farm life after three years serving in the Pacific with the Marines Corp from 1942 to 1945.  Hundreds of thousands of his colleagues didn’t come home, dying on beaches and battlefields.  Tens of thousands more came home forever marked, through physical or psychological injury, by the experience of war and witness of death all around them.

No matter how one views subsequent wars that our nation has fought and currently is fighting, we must support and care for the men and women who have made, in our place the commitment and sacrifice to be on the front line for freedom’s sake on our behalf.

 

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2 thoughts on “We Lived, Felt Dawn, Saw Sunset Glow

  1. On behalf of three of my brothers who served as U.S. Marines — two in Korea and one in Viet Nam, I thank you, Emily, for your remembrance of all men and women who have proudly served our nation – and grateful that your father returned from the Pacific battlegrounds to provide you with loving memories. I learned early on from my brothers that ‘once a Marine, always a Marine’; and that one never addresses or refers to a Marine as ‘ex-Marine,’ but always as ‘former Marine.’ As a loving and proud older sister, they occasionally give me permission to honor them with a heartfelt, respectful ‘SEMPER Fi.’

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  2. my father was also in the marines at that same time. he was at guadal canal and other islands. he never spoke about it, but once i came upon a box containing some photos from that time. utterly horrifying. God bless ALL our vets!

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