This Veteran’s Day, I chose to remember all the veterans who are no longer alive; they need someone to carry on their memory.
Did you know that the last living known WWI vet died in 2012?
She was Florence Green from Great Britain who died on 4 February 2012 at 110 years. She was an officers’ mess steward for the RAF.
The last living American WWI vet died in 2011. He was Frank Buckles who drove Ambulances to and from the front lines. He was later tasked with escorting German POWs, one of which gave him a belt buckle with the inscription “Gott mit uns” which means “God is with us”
Below is a poem by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae which was first written in 1915. This is the origin of using poppies in remembrance of veterans.
“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.
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.”
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.
– Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae 1915