To commemorate the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields, more than 100,000 students from over 1000 schools in every province and territory recited this iconic poem during Remembrance Week. The Vimy Foundation launched this initiative earlier this month.
Thank you to all the teachers, students, principals, parents, and all other supporters who helped us to reach this ambitious goal!
This year marks the centennial of the writing of In Flanders Fields, the iconic Canadian poem from Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. We no longer have any veterans of the First World War still with us: we have lost that direct connection with their stories – of the tragedy of war, of the reasons why they enlisted to fight, of the impact of the war on them, their families, and their country.
It is up to all of us to remember. Thank you to all who help to pass the torch of remembrance to Canada’s young people.
Some news articles about this initiative:
November-10-15, Times-Colonist ‘In Flanders Fields’ still Canada’s pre-eminent war poem, even after 100 years
November-10-15, Maclean’s ‘In Flanders Fields': 100,000 Canadian children recite 100-year-old poem
In no particular order, here are some of the classrooms across the country that participated:
(More photos and videos will be added as they come in.)