Remembering 100 Years Ago Today

The Memorial Cross, also known as the Silver Cross, was and is given to the next of kin for every Canadian soldier who sacrificed his or her life since World War I.

In Flanders Fields

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.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
b. November 30, 1872, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
d. January 28, 1918, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Canadian poppy pin

My great grandmother was given a silver cross for the loss of her son, just one of millions who died so others might live:
Private Roderick Charles “Mac” MacLennan
b. September 20, 1895, Ahmic Harbour, Ontario, Canada
d. October 9, 1916, Courcelet, France

WWI Canadian soldier Roderick Charles "Mac" MacLennan

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