In May 1915, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a physician in the Canadian Army, wrote the most notable poem of WWI after he witnessed the death of many young soldiers in Flanders, Belgium.
The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and cemeteries of the Flanders region and thus became a symbol of Remembrance Day in Allied countries, particularly those of the British Commonwealth.
We often take for granted our current way of life, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our choice.
In remembering those who went off to war in distant lands when such rights and freedoms were being threatened, in honouring their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom they fought to preserve.
[This video clip is from CBC’s documentary-style film The Great War]
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