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Veterans Day (Remembrance Day/Canada)

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Veterans Day (Remembrance Day/Canada)

Many Americans may wonder at the Red Poppy, ubiquitous to remembrance ceremonies in British Commonwealth countries. Below is the original poem that inspired this powerful symbol. It was written by John McCrae in 1915. Thank you to all those who serve!

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.

The story behind this movement is fascinating. Please go to http://www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm

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