100 Years LCol John McCrae

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  1. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of the composition of the iconic poem, In Flanders Fields.

    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
    Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
    during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

    A statue of McCrae was commemorated in Ottawa today.

    http://ottawacitizen.com/gallery/0504-mccrae

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  2. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    He may have only written one really memorable poem .... but what a poem it is! It will be remembered for many generations yet to come.
     
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  3. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    My brother took some pics of the McCrae statue today in Ottawa and I added my own from his grave site at Wimereux Communal Cemetery, taken on May1st.

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  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”, written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915.

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