As the Great War raged on in Europe, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrea, (pictured above) a Canadian Physician from Guelph Ontario, visited the gravesite of his good friend Alex Hemer to pay his last respects. As he looked around, he noticed that the only thing growing amongst all the crosses, were poppies. As he sadly gazed at the final resting place of the fallen soldiers he was inspired to write his immortal poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
After enduring the butchering of Mr. McCrea’s poem at a Remembrance day service a few years ago, my old bandmate, from The Jury, Bruce Walker, (shown below) disgustingly headed home, plugged in his guitar, turned on the tape recorder and give the famous poem a melody.
Bruce’s version of “In Flanders Fields” which he dedicates to all the fallen soldiers, is now in the Lt. Col. John McCrae museum in Guelph and is being played at more and more legions each year during their Remembrance Day services.
It’s beautiful and very haunting, Bruce, and know this, we “The Jury” were with you in spirit as you recorded it.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
In Flanders fields.