This, the 20ᵗʰ Century poem by John McCrae, a surgeon in the battle of Ypres in the second world war, best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”
During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres.
As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.
For the story behind the inspiration for “In Flanders Fields”, Perhaps one of the few GOOD things to come out of the conflict.
“IN FLANDERS FIELDS”
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.
by John McCrae
This, the 21st century and the powers that purport to be, will at precisely 11-00a𝗆 lead a 2 minutes silence at Whitehall by the cenotaph, in remembrance of all those who fell in the great war, joined by public and service personnel the world over. (great war must be the worlds Oxymoron to beat all Oxymoron’s)
By 11-30a𝗆 all will be has it was and killing machinery of the world will be back in action, With the minority of SUITS in charge, no pun intended, making money to protect their future lives, when will this all end so the future generations can live in peace and happiness and not poverty and fear for their’s and their families lives. Didn’t Churchill say “lest we forget ?” I believe those in charge will have forgotten by midday and go back to business as usual.