Happy Memorial Day

Posted on May 30, 2011 by
Jordan’s Veterans of Foreign Wars

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
Written May 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.

Poem traditionally read at Jordan’s Memorial Day Ceremonies held at St. Joe’s Cemetary in Sand Creek Township, at Calvary Cemetery on the bluff above St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan, and at Spirit Hill Cemetery near the Jordan Public Schools. The parade between ceremonies include the Jordan Police leading the VFW, Jordan Firefighters, Jordan Girl Scouts, Jordan Boy Scouts, and Jordan High School Marching Band.  Firefighters gather for a reading of “A Fireman’s Prayer” at Firemen’s Park halfway down the hill after the last ceremony.