Several weeks ago I recorded In Flanders Fields as part of this commemoration.
2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields by Guelph native Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. It is McCrae’s famous poem that made the poppy a symbol of remembrance.
I wear a poppy as a symbol of deep respect for our veterans. I also wear a poppy for personal reasons that deepened through my role as Mayor.
I have seen first-hand the remarkable discipline and leadership skills our cadets learn. I have seen the dedication to country of the members of our Canadian Armed Forces and Reserves. I have heard the pride of parents of men and women serving overseas – as well as their fear for their safety.
And our veterans have given me a special gift. They have helped me understand and appreciate who my grandfather was and how his experiences during World War II defined and shaped who he was.
I would like to thank members of the Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch, and the Guelph Civic Museum for organizing exceptional Remembrance services every year and for reminding us that wearing a poppy is deeply personal.