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In Flanders Fields

Jo Fitton-Bates
By Jo Fitton-Bates
November 10, 2017

For this year’s Poppy Appeal, the Royal British Legion has recreated John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, across seven locations, and they are encouraging people to #RethinkRemembrance and consider the meaning of the poppy as both a symbol of Remembrance and hope. Watch the video

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.

John McCrae

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