On the Road to 2017 with Library and Archives Canada – Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory.

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Video Length: 2:07

On-camera starts at 0:14

(Richard Provencher is standing in the Collection Reference Room at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa)

Richard Provencher: Welcome to this new episode of On the Road to 2017 with Library and Archives Canada.

Richard Provencher: The year 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

Richard Provencher: Library and Archives Canada is committed to honour and remember all the brave men and women that contributed to Canada’s effort.

(Employee entering a vault. Close up of the poem.)

Richard Provencher: Library and Archives Canada is privileged to preserve in its vaults a presentation version of the poem In Flanders Fields, written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in his own hand.

(Screen shows the digitized version of the poem on Library and Archives Canada’s website)

Richard Provencher: A digitized copy is also available on Library and Archives Canada’s website.

(Various images of the exhibition)

Richard Provencher: When you are in Ottawa, be sure to take a look at Library and Archives Canada’s presentation copy of this touching poem, on display during the exhibition Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa until April 26, 2015.

(Dr. Mélanie Morin-Pelletier, Curator of Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. is standing in front of the exhibition’s entrance at the Canadian War Museum)

Dr. Morin-Pelletier: The exhibition highlights the famous poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

Dr. Morin-Pelletier: It complements the exhibit perfectly and we are grateful to have it on loan from our partner, Library and Archives Canada.

(Close up of poppies)

Dr. Morin-Pelletier: To this day, McRae’s legacy is seen throughout the Commonwealth in the way the poppy is worn as a sign of remembrance every November.

(Screen showing Library and Archives Canada’s podcasts and blog webpages)

Richard Provencher: This spring, Library and Archives Canada will release a podcast and blog article that will examine both the life of John McCrae and the history and context of his famous poem.

Richard Provencher: See you along the Road to 2017!

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Richard Provencher: And remember, connect to our Twitter and Facebook accounts to view the video series as soon as we publish them online.

Audio ends at: 2:14

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