Veteran’s Day 2016

Not many people realize that 100 years ago the world was in the middle of what became known as World War I.  It was thought to be the war to end all wars, but in reality, was a precursor to the conflict that occurred some 30 years later – World War II.

For the past few weeks on my way to work and back, I have been listening to Dan Carlin’s “Blueprint for Armageddon” series on audiobook (free at iTunes).  This series captures the horror of the war, the strategies, and nuggets of knowledge that show that this conflict did indeed form the world that we live in.  I would encourage all of you to listen to this series – while long, it is worth your while.

On this Veteran’s Day, remember the people that have died in the wars that this country fought to give you, the citizen of the United States, one of the greatest freedoms known to man that we exercised this past week – the ability to vote for the leaders of your government.

In tribute to our Veteran’s and the sacrifices they have made, we present the poem “In Flanders Fields”

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.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

About Tom Roland

Tom Roland is my pen name for this blog. With that in mind... EE for 35 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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