The Guelph Storm unveiled plans for the team’s annual Veterans’ Week game on Sunday, November 9 vs. the Barrie Colts.
The team will honour all veterans and Guelph native John McCrae with themed jerseys that will be later auctioned off online, with every dollar raised donated to local Royal Canadian Legions including Guelph’s Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234.
Here’s a look at the special threads:
From the team’s official release:
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.
John McCrae was born in Guelph on November 30, 1872, and attended Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute before leaving to attend the Royal Military College of Canada. In 1915, he 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.
These jerseys, then, also commemorate the 100th anniversary of his untimely death.
As per tradition, a Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at John McCrae House on Nov. 11.