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Remembrance Day and John McCrae

In honour of Remembrance Day, I want to dedicate my post to John McCrae, author of the famous In Flanders Fields poem. I have a soft spot for John McCrae as I used to work for the museum, John McCrae House, located in Guelph, Ontario. Below is not the best quality photo but it is one that is hung up inside the museum and was my personal favourite.

It’s hard to see it in the photo, but he’s smiling just a bit and I’m sure it’s because he knows he’s getting his picture taken. He was just so damned handsome! :)

Brief facts: He grew up in Guelph and became a doctor at the University of Toronto; he was never married; he taught at the University of Vermont and McGill University; the death of his friend Alexis Helmer was what inspired  In Flanders Fields; he was only 45 when he died of pneumonia.

So, if you’re ever in Guelph, you should stop by this museum. The gardens are maintained by volunteers and are what you would have found in Victorian times.

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.