In Flanders Fields

Today in History, May 3: 1915 – The day after one of his closest friends is killed during the Second Battle of Ypres, Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae writes the iconic poem In Flanders Fields while sitting in the back of an ambulance. Disatisfied, he crumpled it up and threw it away. It was retrieved by one of his squadmates, who convinced him to publish it. 
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.

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