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In Flanders Fields: The power of a poem

It was in May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, that John McCrae penned the words of In Flanders Fields, the simple poem that became an enduring testament to the toll of war, recited at countless Remembrance Day observances.

This November—100 years after the Armistice that brought an end to the Great War—McCrae’s words are as poignant as ever.

McCrae’s poetry writing began at Guelph Collegiate, where he was an accomplished student. At the age of 16, he was the first graduate from his home town to win a scholarship to the University of Toronto. Now, his is one of the more than 600 names carved on the University’s memorial wall for those who died in the Great War. Nearby on the memorial is the full text of the poem that lives on, a century later.

Read “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow—at home and far away“, on our For King and Country project site.

Handwritten copy of poem beside cross

A tribute left at the medical station where McCrae worked—his poem copied in English and French (photo by Martha Jackson)

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