This Memorial Day let’s all consider the things Veteran’s are about. . . But let us also consider the dubious people that Steal a Veteran’s Valor, those who stole our very Valor to use to exploit the name Veteran’s for their own benefit, their own profits, yet, have never been in nor experienced War at all. Yes, disgusting people do disgusting things, always! Do not support those who “Steal Valor” from Veterans, as they are thieves of the worst type . . .
So, what are Veteran’s About? Let us look at one Veteran — Inspired by a war-scarred field of bright red poppies that he saw in the spring of 1915; Canadian Soldier Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote the powerful poem “In Flanders Fields.” With fewer than 100 words, McCrae honored the lives lost in World War I and spurred a timeless movement of using the poppy as a symbol of remembrance within the military community.
More than 645,000 have lost their lives in service to our country since World War I. Today, more than 100 years since the end of the war, we have a profound opportunity to remember their ultimate sacrifice with a moment of silence, a reverent act or a thoughtful gesture of thanks. I hope you will join me this year as we pay tribute to the fallen in wars past. They secured our Freedom with blood, and the guts to be there defending us all.
I give you, proudly, “In Flanders Fields” –
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