Lest We Forget
Originally published November 11, 2009
A note of thanks this Remembrance day to all of our Veterans, for all that they have done for us in all of our wars.
In Canada and many commonwealth countries, Remembrance day is celebrated through memorials, and by wearing the poppy on our lapel. The poppy symbolizes our war dead, and is immortalized in the famous poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Canadian army Doctor 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 fields.
By the way, this will be the first year that no World War I Veterans were present at Westminster Cathedral to help celebrate the Armistice Day Celebrations. The final surviving British WWI veteran is in his 100’s, and lives in Australia.
A few French Bulldogs have done their part through the years – the image above shows a small brindle French Bulldog acting as a messenger dog during World War I.
Perhaps he had answered this ad, which ran in the New York Times –
Of course, the most famous War French Bulldog is likely the fictional “Dumbo”, hero of the World War II children’s illustrated book “Gunner and the Dumbo”. After their fighter plane crashes, Dumbo’s big Frenchie ears help him to save the day, and the life of his pilot pal.
I don’t think Bacon has “the right stuff” to be a war dog. Offer him food and he’d give his delivery to the enemy without a second thought.
He’d be good therapy for convalescent soldiers, though – anyone would heal faster with a Frenchie snuggling with them. And Frenchie farts would give incentive to recover lost mobility.