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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2008
A doctor of medicine, McCrae saw his friend killed in WW1 while in charge of a field hospital and he wrote this poem the next day in 1915. The poem has had a profound effect, being used in many fund-raising campaigns.
Buying a poppy isn't a political act. The purchase supports the families of soldiers killed or disabled in war.
This poem is not political, although people have tried to make it so, it is about young men killed in battle who, if they had voices, would ask for some purpose rather than they should have died in vain.
Isn't a noble purpose the only consolation for those whose loved ones are killed in battle?