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Leonard Cohen's 'In Flanders Fields' Recitation Is A Beautiful Tribute

11/11/2016 01:03 EST | Updated 11/11/2016 08:22 EST

Leonard Cohen died just days before Remembrance Day 2016, but he left us with a timeless tribute to war veterans.

Last year, the iconic songwriter, author, poet and musician recited the equally iconic "In Flanders Fields," a poem about the sacrifices of the First World War written by Canadian doctor and soldier John McCrae 100 years earlier. The reading was recorded for Legion magazine and posted on YouTube in late October 2015, ahead of Nov. 11.

Cohen's complex, textured baritone amplified the simplicity and solemnity of McCrae's words, doing justice to the work of a poet as perhaps only another poet can. Listen to Cohen's rendition in the video above.

RIP Leonard. We will never forget.

CORRECTION - Nov. 11, 2016: This post has been updated to reflect new information on the date of Leonard Cohen's death. He died Monday, Nov. 7, not Nov. 10, when the news of his death was announced.

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