What is the longest thing you know by heart? Why did you learn it?

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.

I would say that this is the longest thing that I know by heart. I believe I have known the words for it since I was about 5-6 years old. I am a proud Canadian. I can remember in school having to learn and recite this before Remembrance Day on November 11.

I can also remember visiting my great uncle’s grave in Italy. My great uncle was killed in the war and is buried there. I believe there was articles about it in both The Chronicle Herald and The Digby Courier since I was the first person in my family (along with my Mom and Dad) to see my uncles grave and a lot of families here never got the chance to do that.

Being from a military family Remembrance day has always had meaning to me. My father served in the Gulf war and I served in Afghanistan as a civilian. I have had multiple relatives in wars as well.

The Scintilla Project Day 9.

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