Poems

Poppies for Remembrance

On May 3, 1915, John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Canadian physician John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields” after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow World War I soldier, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who was killed in combat in the Second Battle of Ypres in the Flanders region of Belgium. The poem is well-known, and was sometimes used as a recruitment tool and to help raise money by selling war bonds. Today, the remembrance poppy is one of the most recognized memorial symbols to honor those who have died in armed conflict.

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