Memorial Monday... In Flanders Fields

Real Estate Agent with Alexander Chandler Realty

Driving along Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth the other day my daughter and I really noticed this statue in Veterans Park for the first time and took a photo of it thinking that it would be appropriate for today.  Engraved on the base is the poem In Flanders Fields by Lt Col John McCrae in 1915 after the death of his friend Lt Alexis Hammer.  McCrae was a Canadian doctor serving during World War I. 


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.

by John McCrae







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Comments (9)

Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

That is a very special place.  That statue is just something to see

May 30, 2011 04:08 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Thank Stan.  Its amazing how many times we have driven by that area, but really noticed the other day.  Its a very pretty little park in a busy section of town that people buzz by all the time.  I wonder how many ever notice it.

May 30, 2011 04:12 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Samantha,  That statue really looks impressive -- and I have always liked the poem. It is great to see a post from you -- I've missed you.

May 30, 2011 05:07 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Quite appropriate for today~ ;) Lovely poem and excellent photo ;)

May 30, 2011 05:15 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Thanks Gary.  That was the first time I had ever read that poem, but I really like it as well as the one you posted as well that I read earlier today along with another one that was similar. 


Lauren, the photo was a bit of a drive by situation since we were in a bit of traffic, but I am going to try to go over there later this week and take a moment to read the other side of base and see what it says, but I just happened to notice it the other day and thought that it would be a nice way to honor the day.

May 30, 2011 05:28 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Thank you, Samantha. The sculpture captures the moment and the poem is beautiful. They are made for each other.  

May 31, 2011 04:28 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Thanks Yolanda.  It was the first time I had ever heard of that poem, but it appears to be very well known.

Jun 01, 2011 05:02 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Samantha, I hope you enjoyed the Memorial Weekend. I’m stopping by to thank you for your recent comment on my post. I just want to give you a high-five for your open and insightful comment. You are clearly an intelligent and articulate person who sees what she sees and calls it what it is!

Jun 09, 2011 05:06 PM
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

Howdy from Houston!  Nicely done!

Jun 11, 2011 06:14 PM