Sponsor the Poppy on John McCrae's grave.

Gepubliceerd op 19 juli 2019 21:18

John McCrae born on 30 November 1872 in Guelph (Ontario, Canada). He is of many trades; poet, physician, author, artist and soldier.

He is surgeon during the second Battle of Ypres, April-may 1915. During this battle the German forces use poison gas for the first time on a Western front. During this battle a friend of his was killed. This inspired him to wrote the poem “In Flanders fields” on the 3rd of May 1915.

Whilst in command of No.3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne he died of pneumonia and meningitis on the 28th of January 1918. He was laid to rest at the Wimereux Cemetery.

Albeit “In Flanders Fields” was not the first poem the poppy was used as a reference to a battlefield, it is the most well-known one.

With the help of this poem, the poppy became a symbol of the ground disturbed by war and the suffering of the men of which many never returned. Over time it became a symbol of loss. The red leaves stand for the blood shed, the black heart for the mourning, the cross in the heart is the  Christian symbol for the suffering and salvation.

On the special ride I will ride on the 15th of September, I will take a special “sweetheart” to John McCrae’s grave in Wimereux. You can support by sponsoring this poppy.



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.



John McCrae in 1914