A BOY AND HIS GUN – FRIDAY’S PHLOG FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2013

boy and his gun

A vintage picture of my brother as a boy and like so many boys, yesterday and today, they like to play with guns.  Thought the picture was appropriate because  this Friday’s phlog is posted just before Rememembrance Day, November 11th.  When I look at this photo I see a little boy, but I also see a boy, like my own boys, who thinks that war is fun; fun to hide behind trees and jump out and attack your friends.  I sincerely wish that war was about make-believe.  Speak to our fathers or grandfathers and we know by their harrowing experiences that war is not fun.  So many times you hear people say ” we won the war” when talking about world-wars – I’ve just got to wonder about the guys who didn’t make it, all the honourable men who were slaughtered, I wonder if they feel like they won the war.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM
The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn 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

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

2 thoughts on “A BOY AND HIS GUN – FRIDAY’S PHLOG FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2013

  1. That’s a beautiful poem I was not familiar with. As a veteran myself, from a long line of military men on both sides of my family I can tell you that it captured my grandfathers sentiment well – that we must not let our freedoms fail, those freedoms for which so many fell.

    Thank you!
    Colin

    • Thank you for stopping by Colin and I agree with you wholeheartedly – we must never forget the sacrifice of so many – something I try to teach my boys everyday “their freedom has come at a very high price – a price they must never forget and always honour the men and woman who have paid that price.”

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