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.

–John McCrae, 1915.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

8 thoughts on “In Flanders Fields”

  1. Remembering my dad, a captain in the US Army during WWII, and of course:

    Distinguished Service Cross

    See more recipients of this award

    Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Edwin S. Keachie (ASN: 124004), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery B, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Division, A.E.F., at Soissons, France, July 18 – 24, 1918. Corporal Keachie displayed unusual ability and courage by taking the place of officers who had been wounded and faithfully performing their duties while his battery position was under severe flanking fire. He continually exposed himself to violent bombardment until killed.

    General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 35 (1919)

    Action Date: July 18 – 24, 1918

    Service: Army

    Rank: Corporal

    Company: Battery B

    Regiment: 5th Field Artillery

    Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces

  2. Jeff,

    Really nice tribute.
    Your relationship with your dad sounds idyllic.
    Sad, isn’t it, that too many parents neglect their children.
    You ought to feel especially blessed with a dad who really felt his son’s worth.

  3. John McCrae’s tribute is forever touching.

    Remembering my father this Memorial day. LTC, US Army (VC), Fort Mason (CA) Fort Armstrong (Honolulu), Okinawa and discharged Camp Beale (CA) 1946. WWII.

  4. My dad B. Clyde Lathrop, an Army infantry scout with the 100th, was shot through the head on December 9, 1944 near Reyersville, France during the Battle of the Vosges. He survived to marry, have children and grandchildren. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 82 after successfully battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma and later losing his battle with Leukemia. Among his medals were a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He remains my hero.

    1. Sorry to hear about you father.Thank you for his service! That is the same thing my grandfather passed away from in 1991. He was also a scout for 100th Division, he was in H Company. His name is 1st Sargent Walter Stanley Lorek. What was your fathers rank?

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