It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It was the Veteran, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It was the Veteran, not the police,
Who has given us the right to be secure in our persons.
It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the right to demonstrate.
It is the Veteran, not the politician,
Who defends our Nation
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed,
and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee (bio)
412 Sqn RCAF
Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients
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For the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon (bio)
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.
Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872-1918) (bio)
50th Anniversary of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus