Listen: Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” for 100th anniversary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famed poem

Part of the tradition of Remembrance Day each year aside from wearing poppies and taking a short pause, is to recite the infamous war poem “In Flanders Fields”.

As it turns out, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the poem written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. As a fitting celebration of the poem’s century-long heritage, famed Canadian poet, singer / songwriter, painter, and novelist Leonard Cohen took park in a dramatic reading of which was released on YouTube. Published in association with Legion Magazine, Leonard’s voice is accompanied by chiling images from the First World War.

See the video in the player above.