Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget

I was going to write a big post about women and the Korean War, in honour of Remembrance Day (in spite of the fact that in Korea today, we celebrate Pepero - a chocolate-covered biscuit stick). However, in spite of borrowing a book from the school and printing out some Internet articles to do this at home, what I ended up doing was going to a pub quiz, winning and staying out until 6 a.m. (don't try this at home!)

However, if you go over here you can read my post about Korean Comfort Women and their weekly demonstrations for reparations and an apology from the Japanese government.

And here is the only poem I have committed to heart:

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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.


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