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A Soldier's Legacy
The military personnel that are being deployed overseas are not alone. They leave behind their wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers and friends. Adults somehow find a way to cope with the months and years away from loved ones but children and pets have not yet developed that coping mechanism and so they suffer, not understanding why mommy or daddy have left them, just maintaining the unconditional love that we have all witnessed in the photos and videos of returning veterans.
“A Soldiers Legacy” is dedicated to those children and pets that are left behind waiting patiently for the return of their loved ones.
Those veterans that return are lucky to be able to rekindle that love and devotion; those that don’t return add another level of pain to the experience.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields where poppies blow is a famous poem about the cemetery in Belgium where WWI soldiers are buried. Every year on Memorial Day Veteran Service Organizations sell poppies on the street in remembrance of our soldiers buried on foreign soil, as well as here.
By John McCrae
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.
John McCrae, was serving as a Major and a military doctor and was second in command of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery in World War I. It is believed that the death of his friend, Alexis Helmer, during the Second Battle of Ypres on 2 May 1915, was the inspiration for McCrae's poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’