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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.

"Approximately 900 American World War II veterans die every day."

Thanks to all those who served, in wartime and peacetime, overseas and at home, to those who gave their health and the best years of their lives in service, as well as those who died.

We will remember.
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the Society of the Honor Guard-- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Please don't forget that this is the holiday for honoring ALL veterans, both living and passed. If you've always wanted to thank one of the people who "absolutely saved the world back in the 40's," you don't have much time left.

One of the good folks on another site I frequent is home on leave from overseas, and went to talk to his daughter's school. He reports that the kids there had a question he wasn't quite expecting: do you get to come home for your birthday?


I don't know that I feel big enough to thank those who laid down their lives, who gave their health, both physical and mental, for the well-being of our country. I just don't have any words for them. "Thank you" doesn't seem like enough, but it's all I can say. "You're remembered and appreciated."

But for all those who've missed a birthday overseas, who've served and come back to find their children walking, their parents a little grayer and older, the trees a little taller, the houses a little drabber... thanks. You ARE remembered and appreciated.


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June 2017



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