Friday, November 11, 2011

They Shall Not Grow Old

Those of us in generations 'jones','x' and 'millennial' will be the last to have known veterans from either of the World Wars. Something about that fact makes me profoundly sad, although I'm not entirely sure why. I think part of it may be to do with the fact that it only took 10 years for the upcoming generations that will follow us to forget who Osama Bin Laden was.....

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.
– Lt.-Col. John McCrae

1 comment:

All Seeing Eye said...

I think that's the problem, Kata. We forget some things too quickly and remember others for too long.

Without wanting to sound like an old git; it's what is being passed off in schools as 'education' these days.