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In Flanders Fields

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This is about the poem "In Flanders Fields". There is also a museum of the First World War by that name in Ypres (Belgium).
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Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance

"In Flanders Fields" is one of the most famous poems about World War I. It was written by Canadian physician John McCrae, who died of pneumonia and meningitis while serving in a field hospital in Belgium. The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders fields where war casualties had been buried; they became a symbol of Remembrance Day. The poem is part of Remembrance Day solemnities across Canada. It reads:

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.

A portion of the poem is now printed on Canadian $10 notes, where it spawned a false rumour that the poem had been misprinted, resulting from popular confusion between the first line's "blow" and the penultimate line's "grow". The lines "To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high" have been adopted as the motto of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.

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