On this Saturday of Memorial Day 2018 weekend, hearing In Flanders Fields Poem recited by Linus is really special. If you only read one of my posts this weekend, you’ll want to view the three-minute video at the end of today’s post. It is from a 1983 Memorial Day CBS special airing.
Each Memorial Day Weekend the tradition has become for me to include the Poem “In Flanders Fields”, and poppies: 5-28-2017 1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp; 5-30-2016 Memorial Day Service Cross Medals Stamps; and 5-23-2015 “In Flanders Fields” (“Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields” during World War I.”)
About the TV Special having Linus reciting “In Flanders Fields”
There is an excellent write up over at Wikipedia What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? – A Tribute. The prime-time animated television special won a Peabody Award in broadcasting.
The article shares how the TV Special begins with Charles M. Schulz introducing it.
“… originally aired on the CBS network on May 30, 1983, … one week prior to the 39th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. It aired on CBS only one other time, on May 26, 1984, which was the Saturday before Memorial Day, and ten days prior to the 40th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.” …
You will want to read the background of Charles Schulz developing the script and him envisioning having the characters include Omaha Beach and “scenes of the famous D-Day Invasion of World War II”. Furthermore, reading about him knowing how emotional having one of the characters reciting “… the immortal poem, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields.” is insightful and worth reading.
In looking ahead, next year, 2019, will be the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
I’m closing with the YouTube scene of In Flanders Fields Poem recited by Linus.
In Flanders Fields Poem recited by Linus Attribution & Thank you to the following who I am referencing today –
YouTube Linus – “In Flanders Fields” As Quoted From “What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?”
Wikipedia What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? – A Tribute; Excerpt