"In Flanders Fields" is a poem written in 1915 by Canadian poet and physician John McCrae. He was born on Nov. 30, 1872. He served in World War One and is best known for this poem written on the battlefront as a tribute to his friend who had died in battle. He died on January 28, 1918 and the poem was published in 1919. It inspired the use of Poppies as a symbol for those that died in battle.

"In Flanders Fields"

by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie
      In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
      In Flanders fields.