In Flanders Fields

First published in 1995, In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, written by well-known author, Linda Granfield, is perhaps one of the most enduring books shared with Canadian children on November 11. In addition to this book, Granfield has also written more than 30 other non-fiction books on war and remembrance for youth and adults, including:

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion

The Vimy Oaks: A Journey To Peace

The Road To Afghanistan

The Unknown Soldier

I Remember Korea: Veterans Tell Their Stories of the Korean War, 1950-53

I recommend them all to you. Lest We Forget.

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, 1872 – 1918


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