Nov 112010

In Flanders Fields – 21st Century


Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a medical doctor and poet was recognized for his famous poem from World War I.  Perhaps on this day, November 11, 2010, the most recited poem of our time.  As we move into the 21st century, consciousness and the evolution of the human race has changed.

The sacrifices these men and women made were truly amazing.  No-one should have to face what they did.  Additionally, the families of those who lost loved ones as well as those who were fortunate to have their loved ones return from wars have been scarred in one way or another.  Many of those who returned continued and still continue to mask the horrors to save us from the ugliness of it all.

My heart goes out to those who have endured.  The gift they gave us is the freedom to choose how we live.  We have the ability to carve a new future that will guarantee we will never, nor our children, grandchildren or any future generation ever face what they faced.

In reflection to the poem, I have created a modification that I believe we should begin to recite.

In Flanders Fields – 21st Century

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.

To the leaders of our Nations

In these times of frustrations

Go within, to your heart

And simply know, how great Thou art

Please end our quarrel with the foe;

To you with failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

Put down your weapons, hold your head up high

And we shall rest, where poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

John McCrae/Dan Carpenter

As Maya Angelo said ” When we know better, we can do better”

Your comments are welcomed!

Until next time….


Dan Carpenter

Dan lives in rural Ontario, Canada, helping people world-wide find the key to open their door of opportunity to create the dreams and life passions using strategic customized processes. With a diverse background in Coaching, Business, Consulting, Sport and Energy therapies, Dan creates an experience enabling others to enjoy abundance and share their gift to the world.

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