In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ Between the crosses, row on row, … If ye break faith with us who die/ We shall not sleep, though poppies grow/ In Flanders fields.
This is part of the iconic poem written by John McCrae while World War I raged, shortly before he too became one of the 40,000,000 million or so people who died during that horrific, meat grinder of a war.
More than 61,000 Canadian soldiers, like McCrae, died in that awful war, and at least 170,000 were seriously wounded, many losing limbs and eyes.
And only a few decades later, World War II—really just a continuation of that first European civil war—took in excess of 40,000 more Canadian lives. Canadians were fighting against pure evil. Most were young men struck down in what should have been the prime of their lives.

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