Lieutenant-Colonel John MacCrae was a military surgeon when serving in Belgium. He wrote the famous "In Flanders Fields" poem that still touches many hearts. Born in Canada, he studeed medicine in Montreal and enlisted in 1914. He wrote his touching poem while being in the tranches of Ypres Saillant and just after loosing a dear friend. In 1918 he was wounded himself and did not recover. He died in an army hospital in Boulogne sur Mer. His poem made the poppy an everlasting symbol of war sacrifices. First seen on the graves in Flanders and now all over the world, are the wooden crosses with in it's middle four red leaves and a black dot.
Ieper and it's battle have gone into history and the town itself was remodeled in it's former shape. The lands surrounding this magnificent town however were scarred for life as everywhere the cemetries are. Cemetries of the frontline, curving from the North along the East towards the South of town. But also cemetries near Ieper and even further behind the forntline. How many men died after being wounded and transported to one of the fieldhospitals? How many were hit by artillery fire that reached far behind the tranches? The land is covered with a mist of sad memories and the many cemetries are a part of that. Surrounding Ieper there are 147 of them, scattered throughout the countryside.