Flanders Fields


Wednesday: 5:40 AM (US Eastern): President Obama visits Flanders Field Cemetery – delivers remarks at 6:0 AM

President Obama will honor hundreds of Americans killed during World War I when he visits Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium, 100 years after the outbreak of the Great War


“In Flanders Fields”

(Written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae)

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.


57 Responses to “Flanders Fields”

  1. 2 Ceb
    March 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Good night.

  2. 3 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:38 am

  3. 5 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that three air force generals have been arrested for plotting an uprising against his government.

    Mr Maduro said that the authorities had been tipped off by “young officers”.

    The three generals, who have not been named, had links with the opposition, said Mr Maduro.

    The arrests are the latest development in nearly two months of political unrest, which have cost the lives of at least 32 people.


  4. 6 theo67
    March 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

    One hopes with each generation that humanity would stop launching wars and learn other ways to disagree.

  5. 7 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:47 am

  6. 8 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:49 am

    In the beginning, God created earth and rested.

    Then God created man and rested.

    Then God created woman…

    Since then, neither God nor man has rested.


  7. 10 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:56 am

  8. 11 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

  9. 12 amk for obama
    March 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

  10. March 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Very touching tribute, Chips. Thank you.

  11. March 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

    FACT ….


  12. March 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

    # 3 at http://maidantranslations.com/category/translations/english/english-news/

    “Today, Freedom Day in Belarus (anniversary of the People’s Republic of Belarus) was celebrated under banners that said “Glory to Ukraine! Shame on Putin!,” ”Russia Means War,” “Death to Kremlin Occupiers,” and “For Our and Your Freedom.” Up to five thousand people took part in the rally in Minsk.

    For a democratic country, five thousand people is a drastically small number. But for an authoritarian state, that is huge. Thank you, Belarussian brothers! Your support means a lot to us. If you can fight for your freedom under Lukashenko’s regime, then we MUST fight for ours in the country of the victorious Maidan.”

    Link to photos: http://news.tut.by/politics/392258.html

    • 16 theo67
      March 26, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Keep up the good fight, Bob! 🙂 I’m out for the night.

    • March 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

      In less than a week, women throughout Crimea, UA are having their child care support undermined by their Russian saviors and folk living on pensions got quite a surprise ….

      Nothing sustainable about Tzar Putin’s colossal & illegal adventure. At this point, only the exceptional restraint of Ukraine’s leadership has prevented extensive death and destruction. But, at any moment this pile can go critical ….

      • March 26, 2014 at 2:19 am

        Kharkiv residents demonstrate for a united Ukraine

        “More than 2,000 people gathered in Kharkiv late Tuesday, March 25, with Ukrainian flags and other national symbols near the Taras Shevchenko monument in the city center, reports Ukrinform.

        People shouted “For a united Ukraine, including Crimea!” and “No to separatism.”

        “We’re tired of having Kharkiv called a pro-Russian city, of hearing reports that people are walking around with Russian flags, said journalist Volodymyr Chystylin, one of the organizers, from the podium. “Kharkiv is a Ukrainian city no matter how much the political tourist are trying to present the reverse. We’re calling for a single, united Ukraine and against separatism and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Our main goal is to bring these ideas to our countrymen. Our Euromaidan has served this purpose for four months since it was first founded, ” he concluded.

        Joining him at the podium were representatives of various civic organizations in the city: Zelenyy Front (Green Front), Samooborona (Self Defense) , Hromadska Varta (Civil Guard) and Euromaidan-SOS.”


      • March 26, 2014 at 2:29 am


        good night TOD

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        March 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

        Those in Crimea who voted for annexation to Russia will find themselves in the position of those who vote Republican. You never get what you were promised and the outcome is always worse than you thought it would be. Liars are liars in any country and in any language.

  13. 22 anniebella
    March 26, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Just heard this morning about three of POTUS Secret Servicemen were sent home for drinking, one was found drunk. I don’t have the entire story, just got some of it on the news which comes on around 4am. Have any of you heard about it. I know these people have a stressful job, but come on if you can’t do the job right then quit.

    • 23 TrumpDog
      March 26, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Seems the news only really cover the trip when something bad or scandalous occurs. I have a feeling we’ll hear a lot more of this trip now though

  14. 24 Anjo
    March 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Have a great day everyone especially GoB and all those who are not well or just need an encouraging word

  15. 25 dotster3
    March 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

    News finally has a reason to report on PBO’s trip. Drunk secret service guys. All local and national outlets are on the case! Being promoted as top opening story on Today!
    And local news just said they had “Breaking News!”——–and it was the band lineup for this summer’s Lollapalooza.
    And we wonder why we are dumb and getting dumber?

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      March 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Dotster, ever notice when you are in a group of people, supposedly smart and well-educated, they are absolutely ignorant of what’s going? People don’t even know the president is on an important international trip, let alone what he has accomplished. Because we come to TOD everyday, we are the most informed people in any room.

      • 27 dotster3
        March 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

        Yes, sometimes I’ll mention something I think everyone knows about, and I’ll get blank looks in return——and silence.
        Sad our public is so uninformed.

  16. March 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Good morning. A day of reflection

  17. 30 africa
    March 26, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Happy Wednesday everyone.

  18. 31 jackiegrumbacher
    March 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Chips, this is a beautifully touching tribute to those who died in Flanders Field. Glorious photos! It’s impossible to read the poem without tearing up. Thank you.

  19. 33 JER
    March 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. Obama to honor American WWI dead at Flanders Field.

  20. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    March 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Interesting article on the stress of American workers–especially women– and the out of date US attitudes to work that are making people sick. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/americas-workers-stressed-out-overwhelmed-totally-exhausted/284615/

  21. March 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone!

  22. March 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

  23. 37 dotster3
    March 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Today Show’s opening of their Big Breaking News story of drunk secret service guys was Matt Lauer urgently saying “NEW embarrassment” as 6 or 7 different photos of President Obama flashed on the screen. The message they were obviously trying to imply——-President Obama must have done something so embarrassing! It was so misleading——-they should be arrested.

  24. March 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

  25. March 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

    • 53 anniebella
      March 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Who want to guess what the first question will be from the WHPC? Maybe they will take no questions, cause I know they are just waiting to ask about the Secret Servicemen who was sent home.

  26. 54 JER
    March 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

  27. 55 anniebella
    March 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Are the Obama family on their way home? I hope they enjoyed their trip to China. I enjoyed keeping up with their trip.

  28. 56 jackiegrumbacher
    March 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

    While AMK is drumming his fingers, people in my area are waking up to to snowy sidewalks and driveways and are once again scraping cars for their morning commutes. Very high gusting winds make walking almost impossible and driving difficult. And there’s no relief in sight. I’m coming to the conclusion that Spring is actually a myth from a long ago time. I remember how it once brought flowers and balmy weather and you could see trees in blossom. Or maybe it was just a dream. Have a great day everyone. And if you’re blessed with warmth today, go out, revel in it and give a thought to your poor, still freezing TOD brothers and sisters.

  29. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    March 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Morning Everyone!

    of course PBO’s Nuclear Summit “was not important” to the media – let 24/7 media focus go where it always wants to go => garbage

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