Remember. Remember.

Remembrance Poppies

Remember. Remember

The third of September

When Britain was told “We’re at war.”

Lives challenged by fear

Loss crept, ever near

Death, knocking at everyone’s door.

 

When Stalin and Hitler

Signed pacts over bitter,

And Panzers cut Poland in fall;

Where others did waver,

To save a good neighbour

Great Britain stood proud and tall.

 

Men and women signed up

For the liberty cup

Keeping calm, they all carried on.

Britain fought on alone

When the Blitz set the tone.

Dunkirk’s bloodied troops met the dawn.

 

Next from Europe – the world

Into battlefields swirled

Against tyranny soldiers marched.

The Atlantic then raged

And the Med got engaged.

Barbarossa the Russians parched.

 

Another defender

That night in December

May have turned the fate of the war,

When American men

Joined the fighting and then

Hopes for victory brought ashore.

 

Through assassination,

To rid their nation

Of Hitler the generals planned.

That conspiracy failed,

But in France spirits railed

When with allied troops streets were manned.

 

Allies rushed from the West

When from East the Reds’ quest

To Berlin all hurried to get.

And on the eighth of May

Celebrate VE Day:

A liberty hard to beget. 

 

They have fallen for you,

For the many the few,

Their graves with red poppies tear.

Remember. Remember

Their duty they render

So that you can live without fear.

 

vicbriggs for HarsH ReaLiTy

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This article was first published as a guest post on HarsH ReaLiTy: http://aopinionatedman.com/2013/11/10/remember-remember/ with the following reblog message: Remembrance Sunday. This is my third contribution for HarsH ReaLiTy. A poem dedicated to those men and women who have fallen in defence of liberty. Thank you, brave souls. Your lives, laid down for our sakes, we shall always remember.

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