OTTAWA — Canadians know that Flanders Fields contain poppies, but whether they grow or blow is in question with the issuing of a new $10 bill.
The new currency, in circulation since Jan. 17, has the opening verse of Canadian poet John McCrae's famous World War I poem, "In Flanders Fields," on the back:
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."
Once the notes hit the streets, though, the Bank of Canada began receiving calls from people--including schoolteachers--convinced the first line should be "In Flanders Fields the poppies grow," said bank spokesman Joe Basile.