Veteran’s Day

The English-language channels that we receive all come from the UK. So even CNN has a British flourish. For over a month now, newscasters and talk show hosts have been wearing red poppies. I only today found out why.

For today, Remembrance Day, the news was covering a ceremony (I didn’t catch where) that showed three of the four remaining British veterans from WWI being honored. A gentleman (again, I didn’t catch whom) said the following poem and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd (nor here at home):

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

My grandpa is a veteran, and my thoughts are with him today as with many of our friends who have served.


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