In Flanders FieldsLieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD Canadian Army (1872-1918)IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blowBetween the crosses row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.
I've never been been to Arlington. It must be just overwhelming to see row after row after row of marked graves, and realize that each marks the final resting place of so many young men and women.I wonder if they'll ever run out of room.I hope not.
When the Civil War broke out, Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union forces. He refused, stating he could not raise a hand against his home state. Many Union officers regarded him as disloyal because of this.In 1864, Union General Montgomery Meigs proposed that 200 acres of the Lee homestead at Arlington be used as a cemetery. By the end of the war, there were over 16,000 buried at Arlington. The Lee homestead is still in the cemetery, and can be seen on the hill.
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