The Contest of Memory

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Poppy evolution

Miss Michael was far from young. She was the same age as Dr. McCrae. What she saw in the Journal was just a Bauer and Black full page colour ad featuring Philip Lyford's wellknown patriotic painting 'Flanders Fields' -a sidebar by an incompetent ad agency.
Wrong title, wrong place of birth for McCrae and wrong location of his grave (he died 10 months before the war's outcome was decided.
By the time this lady wrote her poem, Allied victory declaration imminent, many other American civilians had Replies/Answers published particularly by early 1918 - one's final verse suspiciously similar to this lady's creation. A Canadian paper grumbled about so many messing around with our countryman' brilliant poem, even such as Sousa and Spross setting it to music.

Nell in Ontario more than 4 years ago

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