Com­mem­o­ra­tive toonie with McCrae’s like­ness to mark war poem’s cen­te­nary

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

The man who penned one of the most mem­o­rable po­ems in Cana­dian history is get­ting not one, but two com­mem­o­ra­tive coins.

The fed­eral cab­i­net has ap­proved the cre­ation of com­mem­o­ra­tive toonies and two 25-cent coins de­pict­ing Lt.-Col. John McCrae writ­ing “In Flan­ders Fields’’ to mark the poem’s 100th an­niver­sary.

“It is one of the First World War’s most rec­og­nized po­ems and an in­te­gral part of Cana­dian cul­ture,’’ the Royal Cana­dian Mint ex­plains in a no­tice pub­lished in the Canada Gazette.

The coins will fea­ture an im­age of McCrae writ­ing his poem on the bat­tle­field af­ter the sec­ond bat­tle of Ypres in early May 1915, sur­rounded by the sym­bols fea­tured in the poem _ birds, crosses and pop­pies.

The word “Re­mem­ber’’ will also be in­scribed around the edge of each coin.

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