Monday, February 28, 2011

RIP Frank Buckles

The last veteran of World War I passed away yesterday, Sunday Feb 27, 2011.

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.

He served his country. He is the last of that war, and his passing should be remembered, should be honored. I would like to see the flags at half mast this week, all week.

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