Memorial Day – Flanders Field

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imageIn 1915, Canadian artilleryman John McCrae penned poem about loss and remembering. I share it with you today as a way to honor all the men and women who never returned from battle.

 

 

 

Flanders Field

John McCrae, May 1915

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.

In Memoriem

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“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”

– William Tecumseh Sherman, General, US Army

My deepest thanks to the men women who’ve given their “last full measure of devotion” and to the families who “laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.” Good Memorial Day to all

General Pershing On “FIDO”

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Early in my career I learned about the FIDO Principle (Forget It and Drive On) as an aid to recovering from a mistake or from adversity. Seems Blackjack Pershing learned it before me!

“Now for a word of advice and don’t forget this. If you have a fall—mental, moral, or physical–pick yourself up and start over again immediately. If you do, in the long run life won’t beat you.”

Gen John “Blackjack” Pershing