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.
Memorial Day is that time each year when we chose to lift our eyes toward those who have died in the service of our country. It’s a soft and somber day – less an opportunity to celebrate than remember.
That’s not an excessive burden for the living. For it can be well-argued that how we live is due in no small part to the sacrifices of those no longer thus graced.
How might we best remember? Attending Memorial Day events like the one noted below is a very personal and moving option. A silent prayer or moment of thought is another. For some, preserving America’s unique and uplifting beacon is where we find the most powerful point of action.
The Buncombe Republican Party invites you to honor Memorial Day in the way you feel best. Those who have passed in service before us merit our attentions…
Please join your fellow community members for the annual Memorial Day program hosted by Buncombe County Veterans Council and Charles George VAMC. This year’s keynote speaker will be Retired Marine Corps Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, Mr. Kevin Rumley. Please come out and participated in this powerful ceremony.
Monday at 10 AM – 12 PM
Western NC State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old West US 70
Swannanoa, North Carolina
“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.” Robin Hayes