We Will Remember Them
By Paul Dickson
On November 11 a plaque commissioned by a group of resident veterans, Barry Moyer, Mike Amici, and Paul Dickson, was blessed at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Bishop William Gregg conducted the solemn service before a gathering of approximately 65 people and followed tradition with two minutes of silence observed at 11am. The dedication service coincided with Armistice Day, which is remembered every year by some 55 nations at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year, to mark the cessation of World War I hostilities in 1918. This war, which commenced one hundred years ago, was to be the war to end all wars.
The service not only honored the fallen and those who served, but reminded us of the great impact war has on the population at large, and even more so on the ones who are left behind with only memories to fill the void. A poem, In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, a Canadian (later to become a Lieutenant Colonel), was read. The poem was penned in the rear of an ambulance the day after he took part in the burial of a friend in 1915.
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 sunsets glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we
Lie in Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from falling hands we throw
The Torch; be yours to hold high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
The plaque has been permanently laid in the peaceful garden area in the grounds of St. Paul’s, Cardo 6, Col. Guadiana, and will be accessible to the public to perhaps spare a moment of remembrance in the tranquil surroundings. Thank you to all of you that attended and a further thanks to those of you who donated funds. “The torch; be yours to hold high.”