In Honor of Veteran’s Day – In Flanders Fields

A friend posted the following poem on a mailing list.  I’ve seen it many times and it’s never failed to move me.  It really says it all.

In Flanders Fields

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.

Lt Col John McCrae (1852-1918)
Canadian Army

4 thoughts on “In Honor of Veteran’s Day – In Flanders Fields

  1. Thank you for this post.

    Guelph, Ontario was the home of Col. John McRae, and of three generations of my family. Although the Colonel (a doctor and medic in WWI) is buried in France, Guelph has a park and modest monument to his memory.  He was a also a horse and dog-lover. We all learned In Flanders Field from heart.

    I think today of my my father, an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, and veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic, and of my  mother, a “Wren” in the Royal Navy, who operated as a “plotter” through Plymouth bombings. Thank you to them, and to all others since who, however pacifist, have recognised that war is part of our human condition, and sometimes you simply have to serve in some capacity.  Today, thoughts are with our remaining personnel in Afghanistan, and may they be home to Canada and the U.S., and all participating NATO countries by Christmas.


  2. This poem is well known and much loved by all Canadians. We hear it every year on Remembrance Day.  As fitzg reminds us, it was written by a Canadian soldier Joh McCrae who is one of our heroes from the first World War.

    Remembrance Day is very important to me as my father was a veteran of World War II.  I have been posting about it too lately.  Thanks for this!

  3. Such a beautiful and very moving poem.  I had a lovely email yesterday from a granddaughter who is a teacher with a short video of her young class reciting it.  It was taken during their Remembrance Assembly yesterday – the schools being closed today of course.  I find it unspeakably sad that today, all these years after the war that was supposed to “end all wars”, there are still young men and women dying and being maimed for life in conflicts abroad.  We certainly have not learned from the past and one has to wonder when or if, it will all end.  My father was also a veteran of the Second World War and served with the Royal Artillery in the UK in various defense locations.

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