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Old 08-14-2010, 11:00 AM   #288
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The Kid Has Gone to the Colors
By W.M. Herschell.

The Kid has gone to the Colors
And we don't know what to say;
The Kid we have loved and cuddled
Stepped out for the Flag today,
We thought him a child, a baby,
With never a care at all,
But his country called him, man-size,
And the Kid has heard the call.

He paused to watch the recruiting,
Where, fired by the fife and drum,
He bowed his head to Old Glory
And thought it whispered "Come!"
The Kid, not being a slacker,
Stood forth with patriot joy
To add his name to the roster—
And God! We're proud of that boy!

The Kid has gone to the Colors;
It seems but a little while
Since he drilled a schoolboy army
In a truly martial style.
But now he's a man, a soldier,
And we lend him listening ear,
For his heart is a heart all loyal,
Unscourged by the curse of fear.

His dad, when he told him, shuddered,
His mother—God bless her – cried;
Yet, blest with a mother-nature,
She wept with a mother's pride.
But he, whose old shoulders straightened
Was Granddad—for memory ran
To the years when he too, a youngster,
Was changed by the Flag to a man!
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In Flanders Fields
By Lieut. Col. John McCrae.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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 lift it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies blow
In Flanders fields.
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