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LEST WE FORGET: WHY CANADIANS WEAR POPPIES ON NOVEMBER 11

By Kathleen Rake


Do you know why Canadians wear poppies to commemorate November 11, the date we call Remembrance Day?

Here is a poem almost every Canadian child learns by heart. It was written by Canadian
poet-doctor-soldier John McCrae during World War I. It will help you understand.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Nov. 11Between 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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