Remembering the Veterans 2013

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A day after America’s Veterans Day and Canada’s Remembrance Day, the Marianists of Casa Maria, along with 40+ students, staff and special guests (Tom Wendorf and Kevin Prada), gathered for a dinner social to pray for North America’s military men and women. This week’s thematic desserts included gelatin cubes in patriotic colors, basic brownies with flags and lemon poppy seed cupcakes.

The poppy flower, representing the red blood shed on the battlefield, is a military memorial symbol in the Commonwealth countries inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field” (written by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI-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.

May God bless our veterans, St, Mary’s ROTC students and all those serving in the military. We live in the land of the free…because of the brave!

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