Monday, May 4, 2015

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae Memorial Garden, Guelph, Ontario - copyright Gabriele Wills
100 years ago, on May 3, 1915, Lt. Col. John McCrae penned the famous, moving poem “In Flanders Fields” in response to the death of his friend, Alexis Helmer, during one of the battles at Ypres.  McCrae’s childhood home in Guelph, Ontario is now a museum, where cascades of poppies bloom every spring.

A poppy at the McCrae House Museum, Guelph - copyright Melanie Wills

Some of my characters interact with John McCrae in Elusive Dawn, and attend his funeral. Find out more in this blog: Doctor, Soldier, Poet.

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