Tuesday, 11 November 2014

We Shall Keep The Faith


We Shall Keep The Faith 
by Moina Michael, November 1918 

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, 
Sleep sweet - to rise anew! 
We caught the torch you threw 
And holding high, we keep the Faith 
With All who died. 

We cherish, too, the poppy red 
That grows on fields where valor led; 
It seems to signal to the skies 
That blood of heroes never dies, 
But lends a lustre to the red 
Of the flower that blooms above the dead 
In Flanders Fields. 

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They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


Thank You.

Ronnie
xx

12 comments:

Cat said...

This always brings tears to my eyes. Joining you in thanks Ronnie.

Hugs and Blessings...
Cat

Roz said...

Beautiful Ronnie, thank you for sharing. Joining you in giving thanks and in remembrance.

Hugs
Roz

thefolkswholiveonthe hill aka mrandmrsb said...

Find the cost of freedom
Buried in the ground
Mother Earth will swallow you Lay your body down

Anonymous said...

Ronnie your most touching post. Let us never forget Freedom is not free, let us always remember.
archedone

Ami Starsong said...

Tears in my eyes too, Ronnie. Thank you for this poignant reminder.

Hugs
Ami

abby said...

So very touching...and so very true. Thank you....our freedom does indeed come with a price...
hugs abby

Hermione said...

Ronnie, that's a lovely poem. Thank you.

Hugs,
Hermione

Leigh Smith said...

Thanks - lovely poem and wonderful way to remember all the pain and sacrifice and be thankful they persevered.

ronnie said...

Cat - Me too, every time. Thanks.

Roz - We must never forget. Thank you.

MrandMrsB - That's nice. Thanks.

Archedone - Yes and never forget. Thanks.

Ami - Always does it to me. Thank you.

Abby - Sadly a big price.Thanks.

Hermione - It is Hermione. Thank you.

SG - Indeed. Thanks.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

Our Bottoms Burn said...

Thanks to you for remembering. That was a exceptional ceremony with the poppies you guys had. Very colorful.

We often put those who served, but were not in combat somewhere in the background. There is no distinction for those have served downrange. You are damned grateful to those at desks who oversaw the development and testing of the weapon you are using in a firefight.

I think if the shooters would elevate anyone, it would be medics. What a group of hero's.

MrJ said...

Thank you!

ronnie said...

OBB - You are right about the medic, heroes indeed.

MrJ - We must never forget.

Love,
Ronnie
xx