Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lest We Forget

 
In thankful remembrance of my Uncle.

Corporal Gerald E. Riddell,
17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars,
7th Recce, B Squadron

Who lost his life in service to his country during World War II.

Remembered always with love, pride and gratitude, we shall not forget.

In Flanders Fields
by Major 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.
  
Deb xo

My tag was inspired by Tim Holtz's November 12 Tags Of 2015 and IGirlZoe's November tag, thank you for the inspiration.  And I would like to link my tag with Emerald Creek Dares 'Remember The Fallen' challenge, what a wonderful theme to honour those who serve!

Edited to add:  Thank you to Emerald Creek Dares for choosing my tag as the winner of their 'Remember The Fallen' challenge.  Your kindness is very much appreciated!

40 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Deb. Such a fitting tribute. Jenny x

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  2. A beautiful way to remember your uncle

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  3. STUNNING!!! Gorgeous meaning behind it too! So glad you did this! LOVE the poppies and really love that you wrote out the poem!

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    1. Thank you Anita, I never knew my uncle but my Dad has kept his memory alive for our family. In Flanders Fields is a poem close to my heart, I remember learning it as a youngster in school and have never forgotten it. Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words, Deb xo

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  4. Such a gorgeous tag Deb, and what a wonderful way to honour your Uncle! The background looks amazing and your choice for sentiment words is so perfect. hugs :)

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  5. Beautiful Deb. Love your choice of design and the sentiment is perfect.
    Angela x

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  6. I believe it is so important to remember brave soldiers like your uncle! A lovely card & the poem is one I'm glad pupils in our schools still have to learn.
    Best wishes

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  7. A beautiful and lovely remembrance Deb!

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  8. Oh Deb, my favourite poem of all time and your tag (and the poem) are such a wonderful tribute to your Uncle. Stunning work, as always.... Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. What a beautiful tribute tag!! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Emerald Creek Dares!
    Cathy - DT Member

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    1. Thank you Cathy and so glad to join in with the wonderful theme over at Emerald Creek Dares. Deb xo

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  10. Beautiful tag and tribute. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment on my blog. Thanks too for joining us for our Remembrance Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

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  11. Wow! Your tag and tribute is beautiful. Thanks for taking the time and sharing your beautiful tag for our tribute challenge on Emerald Creek Dares.
    Katelyn - DT Member

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    1. Thank you Katelyn and so glad to join in with the wonderful Remember The Fallen meme at Emerald Creek Dares. Deb xo

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  12. Deb this is wonderful, a beautiful tribute xx

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  13. So lovely to pay tribute to your uncle through your creativity Deb. We must never forget.x

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  14. What a wonderful tribute to your uncle! hugs, Lecia

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  15. I have always loved that poem...seems especially appropriate after the Paris massacres.

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    1. It is a very poignant and touching poem isn't it? Such horror and sadness in Paris, my heart is breaking for all affected by the tragedy. Deb xo

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  16. Absolutely stunning and what a beautiful way to honour your uncle.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    ~~julia~~

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    1. Thank you Julia, his duty and sacrifice will never be forgotten in our family. So glad I could join in your wonderful challenge at Emerald Creek, what a touching theme! Deb xo

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  17. Deb, this is a beautiful remembrance of your Uncle who served his country so bravely. Thank you, too for sharing that lovely poem. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much Sara, it was a labour of love to make this tag in honour of my Uncle. Deb xo

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  18. Lovely tag,mother flowers are gorgeous and perfect set against your backdrop, lovely poem. This is perfect. Tracy x

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  19. I have to say thank you for popping over to get this challenge started. It's such a great chance to honor and remember our Heroes. Gorgeous tag.

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    1. Thank you Kim and thanks for such a wonderful challenge theme, so important that we remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect us! Deb xo

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  20. We honor our soldiers and heroes by remembering their sacrifice and never forgetting what they gave to keep us free. I am with you on thoughts about Paris. Such a touching tag and a beautiful way to say thank you, you are remembered. That poem is amazing.

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    1. So true Niki. Thank you for your kind words and for your visit. Deb xo

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  21. an absolutely beautiful tag!! thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares

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  22. Hi Deb! congratulations on your win at Emerald Creek Dares! Your tag is so deserving and again, just a beautiful tribute!

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    1. Thanks so much Sara, what a wonderful surprise to have won! Deb xo

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  23. Congrats on your win at ECD! Such a stunning project.

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  24. Such a beautiful tag in remembrance of your uncle and his service! The flowers and background are stunning!

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  25. Such a beautiful tag, with such a beautiful thought behind it - a great tribute to your uncle and to all the fallen.
    Alison xx

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