Lest we forget


On this day in 1918, the guns finally stopped at the end of the bloodiest war humankind had yet seen.

The First World War changed the way we think about war and the people who had to fight them. That meant it changed the way we talk and write about the experiences of the people in it.

In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a physician with the 1st Brigade of the Canadian Field Army wrote In Flanders Fields after the death of his friend at the Second Battle of Ypres. It has become the most quoted poem about war around the world.

For Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day and Veterans Day, BestSelling Reads presents this poem.

Lest we forget.

In Flanders Fields

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.