Lest We Forget – A Moment of Remembrance

“Nos bras meurtris vous tendent le flambeau, à vous toujours de le porter bien haut.”

“To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.”

These words are the motto of the Montreal Canadiens – it is from the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, written in 1915, the year before the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup championship.


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, 1915

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