[TR] Poppies from England

Frank Fisher yellowtr3 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 13 19:18:39 MST 2016

johnthank you and your dad for your service. i truly appreciate and admire those who voluntarily or in-voluntarily went off and did more than should be asked of them.when called my family went and did their duty. my dad, my 3 uncles and my 2 grandfathers.i dont know if the term PTSD was used back then. but looking back i see at least one uncle and a granddad who probably where.even as a young child trips to the liverpool cenotaph were always very emotional. "why is dad crying?"  
bless you John

      From: John Macartney <john.macartney at ukpips.org.uk>
 To: 'Mike Coe' <coefront at shaw.ca>; 'Frank Fisher' <yellowtr3 at yahoo.com> 
Cc: triumphs at autox.team.net
 Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 10:34 AM
 Subject: RE: [TR] Poppies from England
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The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel 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 fieldsComposed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium |
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