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Remembering Our Fallen

President Barack Obama lays a Presidential challenge coin on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011. Section 60 is reserved for military personnel who have lost their lives while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

During Memorial Day 2012, Our Nation Remains at War

Bergmann & Moore asks you to please join Americans everywhere and honor all our fallen military service members this Memorial Day.  This year, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America asks for a moment of silence on Monday at 12:01 pm.

Memorial Day for Americans often means barbeques and the start of summer.  We also have a solemn duty to remember our fallen, the true reason for our holiday.  This year Memorial Day honors our more than one million service members who died for our Constitution and country.

Because our nation remains at war, we offer this timeless poem written in France during World War I by a Canadian military surgeon.

In Flanders fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915):

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.

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