Remembrance Day 2019

Brave choristers for brave soldiers

Text by Louise Rousseau
Photograph by SLCS

Monday, 11 November, 2019
Remembrance Day 2019, Mercille Park

We were present, brave choristers, under a grey sky, at Mercille Park, to mark REMEMBRANCE DAY. About 20, under the direction of Betty-Jo Christiani (thank you!) with our inseparable Ben Kwong on the piano (thank you!)

Around us, people gathered: soldiers, cadets, parents and elected officials, all moved.

We sang IN FLANDERS FIELDS / AU CHAMP D’HONNEUR, a text written in 1915 by a Canadian soldier, John McCrae, who had just lost a friend in battle at Ypres in Belgium.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.

Dans les champs de Flandre, les coquelicots fleurissent
Entre les croix qui, une rangée après l’autre,
Marquent notre place ; et dans le ciel,
Les alouettes, chantant valeureusement encore, sillonnent,
À peine audibles parmi les canons qui tonnent.

Nous, les morts, il y a quelques jours encore,
Nous vivions, goûtions l’aurore, contemplions les couchers de soleil,
Nous aimions et étions aimés ; aujourd’hui, nous voici gisant
Dans les champs de Flandre.

Reprenez notre combat contre l’ennemi :
À vous, de nos mains tremblantes, nous tendons
le flambeau ; faites-le vôtre et portez-le bien haut.
Si vous nous laissez tomber, nous qui mourons,
Nous ne trouverons pas le repos, bien que les coquelicots fleurissent
Dans les champs de Flandre.

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