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In Flanders Fields

On Departed Friends and Fields of Poppies

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Dorian de Wind

Poppies have become the symbol for fallen soldiers -- all our soldiers, of all our wars. Charlie and Jack went on to lead long, productive lives after their military service. They left us peacefully. With every respect and honor for those who died in Flanders Fields a century ago, I dedicate McCrae's beautiful poem to Charlie and our mutual friend Jack.

Dad, Why Is that Man Wearing a Red Flower?

John McCormick | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

It was time for me to tell my son the story behind the little red poppies. I turned off the soccer match and explained to my son why the poppy has long been associated with the Armistice and honoring veterans.

Paths of Catastrophe

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

There's always the extravagances of a century of front-line tourism to distract us, such as the jamboree of artifacts, war mannequins and gruesome photographs at the Sanctuary Wood museum.

Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Sandi Bachom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandi Bachom

My grandmother, Catherine Mackenzie McCrae Higgins, was born in Canada. She said, "aboat" and, "eh?", put two syllables in "film" and invariably told the same story every year, that her cousin, Lt Col John McCrae wrote a poem in WWI called, "In Flanders Fields."

The Harvest of Peace in Flanders Field

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 07.27.2013 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

Photo courtesy of One World Futbol Project. To say that I am grateful to each and every known and unknown soldier of today and yesterday who fought...

'Flanders Fields' On Memorial Day For My Uncle Dude (1923-1942)

Sandi Bachom | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact
Sandi Bachom

On Memorial Day, as a child, I recall frayed old men in tattered uniforms handing out Red Paper Poppies. And as I dropped a dime into the bucket, a donation to the veterans of past wars, I was more enamored with the brightly colored lapel garnish than with any deeper significance.

Beautiful, Horrible Words on War

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lea Lane

On a blue-sky May day while researching a guidebook on Belgium, I traveled to a small town called Ieper, better known as Ypres, 75 miles west of Bruss...

'In Flanders Fields' Still Inspires Millions

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Veterans Day takes place this Thursday, Nov. 11. You might take a moment to read "In Flanders Fields" and to remember McCrae, who died of pneumonia while serving his country in January 1918.

The Eleventh of the Eleventh of the Eleventh

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Cosgrove

Today, 90 years after the Allies and Germany signed an armistice to bring an end to WW I, President George W. Bush will preside over his last Veterans...

Beautiful, Horrible Words on the Sacrifices of War

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

"In Flanders Fields" is among the most memorable war poems ever. It is especially powerful when you read it slowly aloud.