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In Flanders Fields

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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.

 

– John McCrae

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The Anxious Dead

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O guns, fall silent till the dead men hear
Above their heads the legions pressing on:
(These fought their fight in time of bitter fear,
And died not knowing how the day had gone.)

O flashing muzzles, pause, and let them see
The coming dawn that streaks the sky afar;
Then let your mighty chorus witness be
To them, and Caesar, that we still make war.

Tell them, O guns, that we have heard their call,
That we have sworn, and will not turn aside,
That we will onward till we win or fall,
That we will keep the faith for which they died.

Bid them be patient, and some day, anon,
They shall feel earth enwrapt in silence deep;
Shall greet, in wonderment, the quiet dawn,
And in content may turn them to their sleep.

 

John MccRae

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30th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1872 John McCrae (poet – In Flanders Fields)

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Died:

2007 Evel Knievel (motorcycle stunt man)

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On This Day:

1487 German Beer Purity Law is pronounced, stating that beer may only be brewed from water, malt and hops

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Have a good Friday, 30th November

24th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1802 Alexander Dumas (author – The Three Musketeers)

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Died:

1980 Peter Sellers (actor & comedian – The Pink Panther)

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On This Day:

1927 The Menin Gate is unveiled in Ypres (memorial to those who are missing in the battlefields of Flanders in World War 1)

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Have a good Tuesday, 24th July

18th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1863 Franz Ferdinand (Archduke of Austria – assassination trigger point of World War One)

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Died:

1971 Bobby Jones (amateur golfer and Grand Slam winner)

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On This Day:

1958 Niger gains autonomy (within the French Community)

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Have a good Monday, 18th December

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28th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1491 Henry VII (King of England, founder of the Church of England)

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Died:

1914 Franz Ferdinand (assassination sparked the start of World War 1)

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On This Day:

1820 tomatoes are proven to not be poisonous

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Have a good Wednesday, 28th June

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13th May – Today In History

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Born:

1949 Zoe Wanamaker (actress)

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Died:

1961 Gary Cooper (actor)

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On This Day:

1912 Royal Flying Corp established in England

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Have a good Wednesday, 13th May!

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