Memorial Day

For many years there has been a Memorial Day program in Clontarf.  It would consist of a procession from the school to the cemetery.  The color guard from the Benson VFW would take part.  The school children were all present and one was chosen to read the poem, In Flanders Fields written by John McCrae in May 1915.

Poppies (©greatwar.co.uk)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.

As long as we are on the subject of WWI, anyone recognize this WWI soldier?

WWI Clontarf soldier

It was unidentified but in a collection of Regan family photographs.  I think it might be John Kelly who was engaged to Mary Regan.  Mary passed away in 1918.  I know John Kelly was in WWI, but I have never seen a photo of him.

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2 responses to “Memorial Day

  1. Anne Schirmer

    As a CCD teacher at St. Malachy, I was emphasizing to the class that our tradition of recitations & music at the local cemetery on Memorial Day each year, was rich and precious, and the evergreen trees that were planted and nurtured to their grand size, made for a nice windbreak that protected all who came from the chilling winds of spring. I had pictures to show of MY class (black & white) in the late ’60s standing near the newly planted tree (just black dots spaced 15 ft. apart or so), and the lovely colored photos of the more recent years of the children at the cemetery on Memorial Day, with the evergreen trees matured. The surprizing comment I got from one male “observant” 4th grader was “Geez, you must be OLD!”

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