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”
Composed at the battlefront on 3 May 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, Belgium. :
John McCrae, a surgeon during World War I, wrote this poem following the death of a friend, Alexis Helmer. The fields were unmaintained and later served as a memorial. Today this field is filled with tens of thousands of poppies which now serve as a symbol of Remembrance Day. Glasser Canada on this day recognizes all those who fought in the two great wars. They defended democracy and the freedoms we enjoy now. The war museum in El Alamein Egypt has a war museum with artifacts from North African battles. There is a Commonwealth war cemetery with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the Allied side. The names of 213 Canadian airmen appear on the Alamein Memorial Egypt. I have had the privilege of visiting the memorial several times and realizing that men, as young as16 years of age offered their lives for us, brought tears for not only them but also for all loss of life. We can never forget their sacrifice!. May they rest in peace!
Jean Seville Suffield, DNM and fellow board members