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In Flanders Field

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.

Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.

It was due to this poem In Flanders Field that Miss Moina Michael originated the Flanders Field Memorial Poppy which has raised millions of dollars for veterans and their families. Miss Michael became known to millions of World War I veterans as the "Poppy Lady" and on November 9. 1918 she wrote the following poem in answer to the In Flanders Field poem.

We Shall Keep the Faith
Oh! You who sleep in "Flanders Fields,"
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the Torch you threw
And, holding high we keep the Faith.
With all who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields were valor led:
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
But lend a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

An now the Torch and Poppy red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We've learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders Fields.

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