A Veteran’s Day Tribute

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite poems. Written by a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields” was written the day after the poet lost one of his friends on the battlefield in World War I. On May 3, 1915, McCrae, himself in the Canadian Army’s medical unit, sat down on the back of an ambulance and penned one of the most famous war poems ever written.

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.

John McCrae; May 3, 1915; Ypres, Belgium


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