I believe that it is a good thing to take time to think, remember and honour the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf in the past and also in the present. We have Canadians who are soldiers right now in various parts of the world who miss their families and friends while they are away. Knowing that a sacrifice might be required of them did not stop them from following their personal choice to defend our country and what we stand for.

The famous poem “In Flanders Fields” was penned by a Canadian surgeon who was attached to an artillery unit. In the spring of 1915, after a brutal battle at Ypres, he presided over the funeral of a friend. After the funeral he wrote this poem and it obviously struck a universal chord. Read it again, slowly, thoughtfully, and then take a moment to remember those who gave the supreme sacrifice. And take a moment to pray for those who are currently representing Canada.

In Flanders Fields

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.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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