| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Remembrance Day, November 11, 2010, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

REMEMBRANCE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010:  It’s Remembrance Day.  The poppy is the enduring symbol that reminds us of those who gave their lives in battle.  Like so many Canadians, I cannot look at a poppy without thinking of the poem by John McCrae.  McCrae joined up in August 1914 and was appointed brigade surgeon with the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery.   He served in Belgium and witnessed the bloody Second Battle of Ypres, in Flanders.  McCrae wrote his famous poem the day after the death of a close friend in battle.   McCrae died of pneumonia and meningitis on January 28, 1918. He was buried with full military honours in Wimereaux Cemetery.  His grave is simply marked, but always adorned with poppies and poppy wreaths.  Click here to read  In Flanders FieldsShot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 16-85 VR lens at 75mm, f32, 1/160 sec., ISO 800. 

Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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