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Howdy. We've moved from Cayce, but St. Elizabeth of South Rose Hill or Lizette de Waccamaw de Sud just don't do it for me.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sarejevo, 100 Years On

Contemporary article from the Library of Congress archive of the New York Tribune:

In Flanders Fields -- WWI 100 years on

On this day 100 years ago, with the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip, an inevitable (as it appeared at the time) chain of events was set into motion, leading to "The Great War" or "The War to End All Wars."  The world hadn't yet lost its certain belief in the nobility of armed conflict when these haunting words were penned by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 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.