In Flanders Fields: A Remembrance Day Poem

Derek Ouellette —  November 10, 2011

The poem "In Flanders Fields" as it appears on a Canadian $10 Bill

Flanders Field is a World War I cemetery on the southeast edge of the town of Waregem, Belgium. Poppies grew in profusion in Flanders in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and cemeteries where war casualties were buried.

A Canadian soldier and lieutenant colonel John McCrea wrote a poem titled “In Flanders Fields” on May 3, 1915 after he witnessed the death of his friend. His famous poem now graces the back of the Canadian $10 bills.

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.

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