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'In Flanders Fields': A close look at the iconic Canadian poem

Flanders Field poem interactive

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Day poppy.

The practice of wearing a red poppy to honour soldiers who’ve died in combat, is credited in part to Canadian John McCrae, who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

McCrae's piece remains one of the most famous wartime poems, and has become a hallmark of Canadian culture.

Below is a line-by-line analysis of "In Flanders Fields." Click on each of the red words to read more about the history of the poem.

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