I had barely cleared Customs in the Toronto Airport and made my way toward the exit for ground transportation when the doors opened and revealed a veritable sea of crimson poppies. It appears that all of Canada is actively engaged in remembrance as we approach Veterans Day. Perhaps, the Centennial Anniversary of the Great War has catalyzed the effort but as a veteran of more than thirty years, it was an extraordinary site. The poppy has long been a symbol of remembrance – immortalized in the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.” This poem penned on the battlefield by Canadian physician John McCrae is one of the most enduring examples of this genre. It is reported that he composed this poem in minutes on May 3, 1915 – one day after he witnessed the death of his close friend and fellow soldier. This poem was quite literally composed on the battlefront during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. The poem was first published in London on December 8, 1915, and is presented in its entirety in solemn reverie for all those who have worn the cloth of their nations in defense of freedom. To all veterans and their families – thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Dr. Theresa S. Gonzales, Executive Director
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
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