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Old 31 May 08, 10:27
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Of course we have a Canadian to thank:

# Millions of Canadians wear the Royal Canadian Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, to keep alive Canadians' memories of 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle.

# Australians in the same way also honour their WW I Diggers lost on the Western Front.

# The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in England, appearing in “Punch” magazine.

# The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France - fields that were barren before the battles exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

# Mort Shuman (American singer, pianist and songwriter, co-writer of 1960s rock and roll hits, including "Viva Las Vegas".) uses lines from the poem in his translation of the song "Marieke" by Jacques Brel, the Belgian composer.

# George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four contains the phrase "We are the dead", alluding to McCrae's poem. It is quoted by the novel's main character, Winston Smith.

# In the TV special "What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?", Linus recites the poem while standing in front of the remains of WWI.

# An episode of The Simpsons parodies the title with "When Flanders Failed".

# In Flanders Fields, a musical interpretation by award winning Canadian songwriter Jon Brooks, was released on May 3, 2007

# LIBERIA / St. Philips Choir / Angel Voices
Most of Libera's lyrics come from traditional hymns, the Latin Rite liturgy, and contemporary songs by artists ranging from Brian Wilson to Enya. However, lyrics from various poems and original lyrics are also used. For example, "We are the Lost" uses the poems "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae and "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon.
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