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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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Feb
25
Mon
7:30 pm Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Toronto’s Early Police Detectives
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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25
Mon
7:30 pm The Bachelorette New France
The Bachelorette New France
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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THE BACHELORETTE NEW FRANCE: Stories of Bigamy, Incest, Witchcraft and Murder Speakers: Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford In 1630 New France was populated mainly by men. France recognized that there were threats to its economy[...]
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29
Mon
7:30 pm Tracking an 18th Century Regiment
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Speaker: Sam Allison Genealogists can benefit from the techniques and sources used to write history books. Driv’n by Fortune is about a Scots regiment that settled in Canada. The 78th Fraser’s Highlanders (1756–63) defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham,[...]

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Mar
7
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4:00 pm Hands-On Early Ontario Land Records
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Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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all-day OGS Conference 2019
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