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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – Remember Flanders, John McCrae, Guelph, ON

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John McCrae wrote In Flanders Field in May 1915, inspired by the death of his friend Alexis Helmer. The poem was first published in December 1915. Since then, the poem and its symbolic poppies have become iconic remembrances of sacrifice in war.

Doctor, professor, soldier, poet, Canadian – McCrae is remembered by two identical sculptures called Remember Flanders, one in Ottawa, this one in his birthplace of Guelph. Sculptor Ruth Abernethy captures McCrae at the moment of writing the poem.

The Guelph statue is in front of the Guelph Civic Museum at 52 Norfolk St. It was unveiled in June 2015.

The Guelph Mercury published an interesting feature section about McCrae and the poem to mark the 100th anniversary of the poem.

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