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In Flanders Fields

"In Flanders Fields" is one of the most famous poems about World War I. It was written by Canadian physician John McCrae, who died of pneumonia and meningitis while serving in a field hospital in Belgium. The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in fields where war casualties had been buried; they became a symbol of Remembrance Day. The poem is part of Remembrance Day solemnities across Canada. It reads:

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.

A portion of the poem is now printed on the new Canadian $10 notes.

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