Remember the reason you're off from work today....
The First World War was the war to end all wars....if only it were so....
"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the
funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died
in the Second Battle of Ypres.
According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae,
initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. "In Flanders Fields"
was first published on December 8 of that year in the London-based magazine Punch. - Wikipedia