During the process, I felt deeply touched by John McCrae’s selfless character and his dedication to his believes and his country, Canada. He was previously a soldier but became a surgeon later on and served an indispensable role during the war. After I read his poem, In Flanders Field, I could experience the grief he felt toward not only that single intimate soldier but to hundreds of thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the world’s peace, Canada’s peace. The empathy I felt toward his situation and feelings gave me more motivations to understand more about him. Through the research, I found he was a versatile person, who had interests in medicine, military, also art and literature. His contributions at the frontline of saving untold populations of wounded or near-death ones were extremely essential. Overall, I felt I know more and have more connection toward soldiers and doctors like John McCrae, who contributed and even sacrificed themselves in order to keep their homelands away from war and gunfire, to provide future generations, us of a peaceful and better country and world.
Tanks marched, barrels roared
In Flanders Field, we stood and fought
For the country we belonged
For the people we loved
To keep the war away from those innocents
To keep it away from threatening those we loved and cherished
To keep it away from contaminate genuine happiness
To keep it away from our homes, our countries and our lands.
We must not stop nor cringed
Stood over those who fell
Carry their unfulfilled duties and missions
March with faiths and their blessings
We stood, ran and fought.