A reading of In Flanders Fields

Video / November 10, 2014

A reading of In Flanders Fields by Brigadier General (Ret’d) James J. Selbie, OMM, CD, Colonel Commandant, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery 

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) has commissioned a statue of LCol John McCrae which will be installed at the National Artillery Memorial in Ottawa. The statue, produced by the noted sculptor Ruth Abernethy, will be unveiled on May 3, 2015, the centennial of the year McCrae wrote of the timeless poem In Flanders Fields.

The commemoration of the centennial of the writing of In Flanders Fields is a momentous occasion for both the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS), which functions under the authority of the Military Personnel Command, recognizing both the service and sacrifice of Canadians since John McCrae penned the poem. The unveiling of the statue, recognizing John McCrae as an artillery officer, also commemorates the enormous sacrifices made by gunners in the First World War.

Transcript

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

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