Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Thanks to Veterans Everywhere

The Solider by Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

The armistice ending the First World War was declared to begin on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. Rupert Brooke died in 1915 during the Dardanalles campaign.

2 comments:

  1. I'm wearing my Poppy this week,Mary, you'll be pleased to know.

    Tony

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  2. It was a poppy that got me started on reading the history of the world wars. After church my mother, who lived on a limited budget gave $5.00 (a huge amount to her in the 1960s) to a vet who was selling poppies for the VFW. I asked her why a poppy, and the rest was history.

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