The Storm are proud to unveil plans for the team’s annual Veterans’ Week game on Sunday, November 9 vs. the Barrie Colts.
In addition to a special pre-game ceremony, the Storm will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys to commemorate Canadian veterans, with specific reference to Guelph’s own proud history honouring Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Always remembered in his hometown of Guelph with the conversion of his family home into the McCrae House Museum, the Guelph Storm are honoured to recognize the local, national and worldwide legacy of Lieutenant John McCrae exactly one hundred years after his passing. On Friday, November 9 at our annual Veterans’ Week game, Storm players will be part of the #CanadaRemembers campaign by wearing Lieutenant John McCrae jerseys that include images of one of Guelph’s most famous sons, the words of “In Flanders Fields”, the poppies blowing “between the crosses” on Flanders Fields and the statue that was erected at Guelph Civic Museum in 2015.
Born in Guelph on November 30, 1872, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae attended Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute – only a short walk from where the Sleeman Centre now stands – before leaving to attend the Royal Military College of Canada.
In 1915, McCrae was appointed as Medical Officer and Major of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. When his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres on May 2, 1915, his burial inspired McCrae to pen Canada’s most famous wartime poem, “In Flanders Fields”.
Less than three years later on January 28, 1918, Lieutenant Colonel McCrae died of pneumonia in northern France while commanding No. 3 General Hospital.
Following our Veterans’ Week Game, all of the Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae themed jerseys will be auctioned off online with every dollar raised donated to local Royal Canadian Legions including Guelph’s Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234.