Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012: In Flanders Field and Black Adder

On this blog, ThirdWaveDave posted this touching poem about those who fell in the trenches in the First World War.
In Flanders Fields--John McCrae, 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.
His posting brought back memories of the final episode of Black Adder Goes Forth, where perhaps the most poignant moment in the history of television comedy played out

Watch as Captain Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Lieutenant George (Hugh Laurie), Private Baldrick (Tony Robinson), and Captain Darling (Tony McInnerney) head "over the top" into No Man's Land--cognizant of what awaits them.

Earlier in the episode, entitled 'Goodbyeee,' British Field Marshal Haig callously sweeps toy soldiers into a dust pan off of his map of the front.

Remember those who fell in battle today.

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