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(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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