|Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae|
Like Christmas and New Year’s, Veterans’ Day falls on the same day annually, November 11. The date commemorates the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when World War I formally ended. Also known as Armistice or Remembrance Day, its emblem is the red poppy from the reference in the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, a soldier, poet, and physician. After burying a friend killed in battle, McCrae noted how fast the poppies grew around the graves of the fallen. He composed his famous poem as he sat in back of an ambulance.
|An autographed copy of the poem|