The National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, OHASSTA, and the Royal Canadian Legion presented a recitation of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” to mark the 100-year anniversary of this iconic war poem. One of Canada’s leading film, television and stage actors, R.H. Thomson, read the poem and moderated the event. Afterwards there was a lively panel discussion, based on students' questions, featuring Thomson, WWI historian Melanie Morin-Pelletier and Master Corporal Martin Rouleau, Medical Technician. To wrap up, the winners of the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion youth poetry and essay contests read from their work. This event highlighted the importance of remembrance and explored the relevance of McCrae’s poem in our times.
Length: 30 minutes.
Master Caporal Martin Rouleau, Melanie Morin-Pelletier and Moderator R.H. Thomson.
The National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian War Museum and the Royal Canadian Legion presented a reading of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” by celebrated actor and director R.H. Thomson, to mark the 100-year anniversary of this iconic war poem. This took place in the intimate setting of the Memorial Hall at the Canadian War Museum and was live-streamed across Canada. There was also a lively panel discussion, based on students' questions, featuring Thomson, WWI historian Melanie Morin-Pelletier and a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan. To wrap up, the winners of the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion youth poetry and essay contests read from their work. This landmark event highlighted the importance of remembrance and explored the relevance of McCrae’s poem in our times.
R.H. Thomson R.H. Thomson has worked in theatre, film and television for 35 years. Most recently, he appeared as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Theatre Calgary and in the Atom Egoyan feature Chloe. He wrote and performed the solo theatre piece The Lost Boys, which was based on 700 letters from his great uncles who served in WWI. For the WWI Centenary, he built the multilingual international project The World Remembers/Le Monde Se Souvient. Mr. Thomson is a Member of the Order of Canada and was recently awarded a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement.
Master Caporal Martin Rouleau
As a Medical Technician, Master Corporal Martin Rouleau has been deployed to Afghanistan three times. As part of his duties, he has been involved in many situations which brought him close to the Afghan population. He has witnessed how war affects people and places before, during and after the conflict.
Dr. Melanie Morin-Pelletier is the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum, the author of Briser les ailes de l'ange: Les infirmières militaires canadiennes (1914‒1918), and the curator of the exhibitions Fighting in Flanders: Gas. Mud. Memory. and The Homefront, 1917.
Royal Canadian Legion contest winners
Victoria Fisher hails from Minnedosa, Manitoba, and is a student at Minnedosa College. She won the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion youth essay contest (Senior category), with her first-person narrative fiction piece “Boys in the Sand.”
Inés Carolina Fiedler is a student at Vincent Massey Secondary, in Windsor, Ontario. She took first place in the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion poetry contest (Senior category), with her poem “The Soil at Vimy Ridge.”
To prepare for the Remembrance Day 2015 Virtual Event, watch Robert Duncan’s feature documentary John McCrae’s War: In Flanders Fields with your class. It’s a moving portrayal of poet and physician John McCrae and the young soldier, Alex Helmer, whose death inspired his most iconic work. Governor General’s Award-winning history educator Rachel Collishaw has created a teaching guide to help you get the most out of this film through interactive classroom activities.
Canadian War Museum
Plan a Remembrance Day unit or assembly with the Remembrance Day Toolkit, it contains a wide range of resources for download.
The Royal Canadian Legion
For some time now, the Royal Canadian Legion have sponsored the annual Poster and Literary Contests that are open to all Canadian school children. Through their participation, youth assist us in one of our primary goals – fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians.
Recite In Flanders Fields with the Vimy Foundation
This Remembrance Week (November 5-11, 2015), the Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields in their classrooms. This year marks the centennial of In Flanders Fields, Canada’s most famous poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the First World War in 1915. Learn more.
The World Remembers 1914 - Centennial - 1918
From October 5th to November 11th the names of those killed in 1915 from Canada and other nations will appear at participating schools, libraries, universities and other locations. If your organization wishes to present this unique commemoration contact us at theworldremembers.org. The names of the millions who lost their lives in WWI will appear in the 100th year after their death. Memory is part of what makes us human.
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