In Flanders Fields

November 11, 2015 by | 0 comments

The ever-memorable poem was written in 1915 during the First World War by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, a physician originally from Guelph Ontario. The poem and the poppy have since become synonymous with Remembrance Day, and serve as symbols of respect for the service and sacrifices of military personnel.

“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.

On Remembrance Day of each year, we commemorate the service and sacrifices of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty. I would like to highlight below the recent losses of military medical personnel.1 2 3

Captain Frank Cecil Paul – Age 53 – Feb 10, 2010
Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht — Age 34 – June 26, 2010
Private Andrew Miller – Age 21 – June 26, 2010
Private Colin William Wilmot – Age 24
Corporal Michael Starker – Age 36 – May 6, 2008
Corporal Nicolas R. Beauchamp – Age 28 – Nov 17, 2007
Master Corporal Christian Duchèsne — Age 34 – Aug 22, 2007
Corporal Glen Arnold – Age 32 – Sept 18, 2006
Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom – Age 23 – Aug 11, 2006

About the Author

Taylor Lougheed is a physician in Family and Emergency Medicine, and passionate about sustainable public healthcare, quality improvement and patient safety, medical education, and global health.


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