It is always important that we remember. But remembering the horrors of war, and the sacrifices of those who fought and died for Canada, took on even greater significance this year: 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of arguably the most brutal conflict in all of human history: the First World War.
To do our part to mark this anniversary, The Agenda reached back nearly 100 years to a famous piece of Canadian literature written amid a blood-spattered battlefield in Belgium: In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
We first asked current members of the Queen's Own Rifles regiment to read the poem for us and share what they think of on Remembrance Day. McCrae served in the Queen's Own for part of his military career. And today's members of the regiment have their own experiences of war, having served in places such as Afghanistan.
We then talked to veterans who served from World War II to the recent past to share their thoughts.
We hope to add to this series of articles as we approach May 2015, the 100th anniversary of when McCrae wrote his iconic poem.
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