If you visit Great Britain or any Commonwealth country this time of year, you’ll notice one thing: an ocean of red poppies. From soccer players to schoolboys to business people, you’ll see everyone proudly sporting them.
Remembrance Day draws near, known as Veterans Day in the Commonwealth countries. This Saturday, the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour all will fall silent in honor of those who have given all. Remembrance Sunday follows the next day.
“In Flanders Fields” was written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in Flanders in 1915. The reason for writing it was a grim one: a close friend of his had just been killed by a shell. To console with his loss, McCrae penned the famous poem: