November 11, 1998


Remembrance Day 1998




You will hear of wars

and rumours of wars,

but see to it that you are not alarmed.

Such things must happen,

but the end is still to come.

Nation will rise against nation,

and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be famines and earthquakes

in various places.

All these are the beginning of the birth pains.


Jesus Christ

Matthew 24:6-8




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


John McCrae

1872 1918





it must have shone like daylight

dawning after the too long night of fear

at last

an ending was in sight

to the “war to end all wars”

reality bitter

the hopeful optimism of distant sunny days

destroyed by endless days of carnage


and destruction






thirty millions dead

and that just a conservative guess

warriors and citizens equly mingle

where all is level

and beyond

where all is not


thirty millions dead

lives sacrificed, taken, and wasted

all too real a proof, if such is needed

of the evil that inhabits with us

this world awaiting peace


and if evil, then good

and if good, then God


lives that never more can live

until Gods final call

thrown aside, for good or evil

in mankinds greatest struggle




eighty years gone by

hope growing less hopeful

that wars would forever end

far fewer years since we last proved them wrong

countless deaths

injustice beyond recompense

how can these lives be pleased

by a single silent moment

and a poppy upon the breast

surely their blood cries out for more


for now


upon our perch of time

we see ever clearer the evil that died

and the good that against all hope

survived warriors now long dead

who died in vain

if only we forget


Satans evil demands the fighting

       and he is falling

Gods good demands sacrifice

       and He shall prevail

between the two lie all mans choice


Remembrance Day 1998
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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