Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Remembrance, thanks, and a free flag for Veterans Day

At Allied Reddi-Rooter, November is a month that gives us pause. In honor of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, we recognize, remember, and pray for the American men and women who fought — and for those who continue to fight — so that we may enjoy our American freedom. Some gave a little and some gave everything so that we might live in peace in this great nation.

American Flags and Red Poppies – Icons of Our Fight for Freedom
Remember those tiny red paper poppies in the lapel of every VFW man you ever met in the 1970s and ’80s? The legend of the poppy began with this famous poem, by Canadian John McCrae (1872 — 1918). During WW1, McCrae served as Major, military doctor and second-in-command of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. The field guns of his brigade’s batteries were in position on the west bank of the Ypres-Yser canal, just to the north of Ypres. The brigade had arrived there in the early hours of April 23. Legend has it that McCrae drafted this poem on the evening of May 2, 1915, in the second week of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres. The poem was originally published in Punch magazine on December 8, 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.

Where is Flanders Field?
The Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War I cemetery in the town of Waregem, Belgium. 411 American servicemen are buried or commemorated there.

A Free American Flag for You, From Allied Reddi-Rooter
During the month of November, mention this promotion (and where you saw it) when you call Allied Reddi-Rooter for service. Upon completion and payment for service, you will receive a top-quality 3×5 embroidered nylon American flag (retail value of $29.99).