Interactive map journal: The life of 'In Flanders Fields' author John McCrae
It was 100 years ago that John McCrae wrote his famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields. When he wrote the poem, McCrae was a major and a doctor with the Canadian military in Belgium.
Thanks in part to the famous opening lines from his poem—"In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row"—poppies have become a symbol of remembrance for those killed in war.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the poem, the City of Guelph has created an interactive map journal that explores McCrae's birthplace, his life in the city, his military service and how he came write In Flanders Fields.