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People engaged in conflict need to develop a language of grief. Religion has traditionally offered one, but in Israel's early years people weren't looking for the old mourning rituals that Judaism had to offer. Neither were they particularly interested in warlike language - "warriors," "glory," and so forth. They turned instead to the natural world.
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In a country that traditionally does not know its own history, young people are often identified as the main offenders. But this poem is different. It represents something that is ours. Written by a Canadian, learned by Canadians and recited by Canadians. The Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields.
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"It is one of the First World War's most recognized poems and an integral part of Canadian culture."
I feel very proud to say that I had an ancestor who fought in the war and returned to Canada as a veteran. I am sometimes astounded at how many Canadians don't know about their family's military contributions. In fact, a recent Ancestry.ca survey revealed one in three Canadians has no idea whether they had an ancestor who fought in the First World War.
As the Second Battle of Ypres sputtered out, McCrae was serving as second-in-command of a Canadian artillery brigade and as brigade surgeon.
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OTTAWA - A century after he scribbled the simple but poignant stanzas of "In Flanders Fields," John McCrae is being honoured with two statues.One of the larger-than-life bronzes will be installed in O...
John McCrae's World War One poem "In Flanders Fields" is arguably the most iconic piece of writing from that conflict. The poem, first published in 1915 in British magazine Punch, quickly became icon...