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.
From 1914 to 1918 Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre in the First World War. A million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were wounded, missing or killed in action here. Entire cities and villages were destroyed, their population on the run. Ypres and Passchendaele became worldwide symbols for the senselessness of war. Today, the peaceful region still bears witness to this history in monuments, museums, cemeteries and the countless individual stories that link it with the world… and battles since, and the wars today…
“God is in this somewhere. Good is in this somewhere. So hold the faith.” – Charles Fillmore (Truth Unity: audio recording #82)
“In the Science of Mind, we realize that we must acknowledge the facts in every situation. We don’t give “power” to the facts … but we realize that the facts give us information on how to act … either in our mind or in our physical actions. I am against war … I think it should always be the very last resort … and I never believe that it should be ignored … covered up … glossed over … or kept from us. I believe that having information regarding war gives us a greater impulse to pray for peace … to pray for the lives of the soldiers involved in wars … to pray for the families affected by the war … and most importantly, give us the conscious awareness to transcend the consciousness that creates war.” – Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates