In Flanders Fields (John McCrae) video, MIDI
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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 'mid '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.

####.... Original poem written in the spring of 1915 after the second battle of Ypres by John McCrae [1872-1918] Lieutenant Colonel, Canadian Army Medical Corps, member of the first Canadian contingent ....####
The video above features the Fraser Valley Youth Dance Theatre with vocals by Anthony Hutchcroft.

This poem was inspired by the burial of John McCrae's friend and former student, Lt Alexis Helmer who was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

Note from the edited text of a paper given in France in November, 1993 © by Geoffrey Miller....
The Battle of 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele): In 1915, at the second Battle of Ypres, the Germans used chlorine gas for the first time in warfare and succeeded in driving the British back to the town of Ypres. Here a bulge, or salient, was formed in their front line which left the town exposed on three sides to shellfire. The town was gradually destroyed, although of course it continued to be used as an important military centre for the Allied lines and all troops left for the front line through the Menin Gate.

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