We are in Afghanistan too, and a neighbor of mine just lost her son. I was an 'army wife' for
20 years and my husband was in the United Nations Peace Keeping force -Gaza, Germany, Korea, and other parts of the world. I was so touched with the beautiful singing, and the tribute to the wounded and the men who have lost their lives. I thought the way they presented the two stories
with actors, was done exceptionally well. It doesn't matter if I am a Canadian we have been in Afghanistan since the beginning-- we are all
in the same boat during this awful war. I feel so much for the people represented by the
ceremony So sad for the wounded and the families left behind.
It was very well done -
"In flander's fields the poppies blow,between the crosses row on row,
Which mark our place,
While in the sky, the lark still bravely singing, flies. Scarce heard among 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 Flander's fields.
Take up the quarrel with the foe -- to you with failing hands we throw,
the torch - Be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with those who die, we shall not sleep.
though poppies blow in Flander's fields."
This was written by a Canadian soldier Lt. Colonel John McRea in the first World War who died shortly after
writing it. If you are interested in reading the story behind it there is lots of information if you google it.