In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses …

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John McCrae’s poem appears in a bronze “book” at the memorial at his birthplace in Guelph, Ont.

In Flanders Fields” is a poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.