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.

- Major John McCrae.
In Flanders Fields - Remembrance Poetry Quotes

Variations and History: 

Written by Canadian military doctor and artillery commander John McCrae in 1915. The poem is said to have been written after the Second Battle of Ypres; where his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed. The poppies, according to the poem, symbolize those who died in Flanders Field; and have since gone on to represent all who have died during war time, the brilliant red color a striking illustration of the blood spilled in war.

The red field poppy is now the internationally recognized symbol of remembrance, and holds special significance to the holiday Remembrance Day.

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