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John McCrae was a Canadian doctor and teacher who started writing poetry at an early age. “In Flanders Fields”, his second last poem, was composed at the battlefront on May 3rd, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, in a region called Flanders. There were actually poppies growing in the fields among the unmarked graves of the war dead. The poem was written following the death of a friend and former student of McCrae’s, and is said to have vividly portrayed the scene before him as he wrote.

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 among 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.

Lest we forget.


Cherry Church Contacts

• Pastor: Margaret Seyfang Ph. 0404 008 372
• Chairperson Congregational Council: Darryl Dyson, 0412 075 063

87 Hicks Hill Rd, Cherry Gardens

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