Posts in Military
Wish I'd said that - November 22, 2018

“I think that, as life is passion and action, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

“U.S. judge, and Civil War veteran, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.” quoted by Christie Blatchford in Globe & Mail July 7, 2006 [filing from Kandahar, Afghanistan]

What we should remember

In my latest National Post column I say Remembrance Day is not a pacifist occasion, even on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. (On which, and on the meaning and impact of World War I generally, see again The Great War Remembered on YouTube or in my online store.)

Wish I'd said that - November 11, 2018

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 In Flanders Fields