One of the largest battles of the war took place around the town of Ypres, in the Flanders region of Belgium. While serving in Flanders, a Canadian doctor called John McCrae noticed how bright red poppies grew wild in the war-torn landscape. Despite the devastation that surrounded him he was inspired by the poppies that grew there to write the poem “In Flanders’ Fields”. His poem became very popular and the bright red poppy would soon be adopted as a symbol to remember all those who had fought in the war.