In Flanders Fields
The First World War shook societies around the world. At the end of the war, over 15 million were dead, and families and communities had to make sense of their losses. Memorials and monuments sprung up throughout the nation. The poppy lapel pin tradition began, as did Remembrance Day. The famous poem “In Flanders Fields” became the anthem of loss.
This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and explores how we as a society have remembered the war and those who were killed. In Flanders Fields and its author Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae take centre stage, while other artifacts include a uniform and a dried poppy from Flanders fields.
To complement the exhibit, a digital media display of the names of soldiers who died in 1918, provided by the non-profit group The World Remembers, will run throughout the course of the exhibit.
Booklets featuring biographies of First World War Canadians will be available in bilingual versions, free of charge.
This exhibit in the Museum foyer is free to view.