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    In Flanders Fields ...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 24, 2004

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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, stull 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 lay
    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

    No comment ... just bitter tears

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    John McCrae, the famous WW I poet

    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 24, 2004

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    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.

    John McCrae memorial on the same named cemetry

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    Cemetries around Ieper and within the Saillant

    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 24, 2004

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    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.

    John McCrae is not the only one burried here.

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