Poppy Day Remembrance: We will remember them!
The Remembrance Day Poppy is for Our Fallen Heroes
The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for those who fought and died in World War 1. In New Zealand and Australia ANZAC Day is 25 April and poppies are sold to help those old soldiers who survived...and other soldiers from wars fought after.
Commonwealth countries celebrate Armistice Day with the poppy symbol. Their celebrations are on 11 November in remembrance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Armistice was signed. The UK remembers on the second Sunday in November.
In America Remembrance Day is 7 December in commemoration of those lost in WWII at Pearl Harbor. Memorial Day is observed on the third Monday in May each year while Veteran's Day is recognised in November and was formally known as Armistice Day.
The poppy is significant to many countries as a sign of remembrance.
Windblown Picture by Tomd
In Flanders Field
By John McCrae, May 1915
This is the first verse of the poem that inspired the use of the Poppy as an emblem of remembrance.
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.
Poppies Picture by Belka
We will remember them. - The brave men who fought for our future...
Thank you cards to the brave men who are serving or those who have served to protect us...
For The Fallen
The Ode was taken from the poem :"For The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon
You may read the full poem here First World War Poem published by the Guardian Or watch the video that follows below.
Giant Poppies Picture by Knips
For The Fallen Video
The Ode - Read at Remembrance Ceremonies
The Ode is read at Remembrance Day Ceremonies and is also recited regularly at the RSA (Returned Service Association) in New Zealand.
In New Zealand on ANZAC Day shops and businesses are not allowed to open before 1.00pm. Dawn services are held throughout the country and many ex patriots celebrate overseas as well.
In Australia it appears that each territory has restrictions on trading but times are variable. Following the tradition of the Army, "stand to" services are at dawn.
Artwork created by Lyn Bell using The Ode and picture of poppies
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)
The answer to why 25 April...
It was on 25 April 1915 when Allied forces landed on the shores of Turkish territory of Gallipoli. There was a surprising show of opposition from the Turks with a huge loss of life suffered by both sides.
An important part in the Gallipoli campaign was played by the forces from New Zealand and Australia. They fought as ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). New Zealand soldiers became well known for their courage and skill and a lasting bond was formed with the Australians they fought alongside.
The campaign was abandoned when after nine months it was clear that it was a costly failure with nearly a third of New Zealanders taking part having been killed.
Although the 25 April is the anniversary of the start of the conflict and it was not a success it reminds New Zealanders and Australians of a very important part of their history. Remembering the loss, the bravery, ingenuity and loyalty to King and comrades; fighting in the name of the British Empire.
The Dawn Service observed on ANZAC Day has its origins in the military routine of soldiers in defensive positions being woken at dawn while still dark. This half light period is known to be one of the preferred times for an attack.
By waking soldiers before dawn they would be ready and alert to defend and this became known "stand to". Dusk is also a preferred time for attack and the "stand to" is again repeated at sunset.
The Dawn Service is also timed to correspond with the initial landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The timing makes a moving occasion for veterans who recall the habitual dawn "stand-to" of their war service as they observe a period of silence.
Photo Credit ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Wellington Cenotaph. NZ Army catafalque guard
The New Zealand Defence Force
The New Zealand Defence Force on ANZAC Day 2012.
This picture shows part of the ANZAC Parade in Melbourne in 2007. We were in Melbourne one year for ANZAC Day and I must say they do put on a great and patriotic show! Dare I say, more so than we do in New Zealand? Although through the years I have seen an immense pride growing in New Zealanders and know that this occasion will celebrated for many years to come.
100 Years of ANZAC
This year, April 2015, saw Australia and New Zealand commemorating 100 years since the landing in Gallipoli of the brave men who fought a doomed battle in a strange land.
It has been a particularly moving weekend with record numbers of people attending dawn services on both sides of the Tasman and around the world.
Prince Charles and Prince Harry both attended the Dawn Service at Gallipoli to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in service of King and country. There were many descendants of those brave men at the Gallipoli ceremony, 8000 Australians and 2000 New Zealanders.
I found this weekend particularly moving and poignant as I remembered my own Dad who lost both his legs above the knee in France in WW1. He had lied about his age and was only 16 years old at the time. Yes, Charles H Woollacott (known as Carl) was my Dad and not my granddad....you see there was a big age difference between him and my Mom. Message to my Dad...I love you.
What Day Do You Remember The Fallen Soldiers?
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Poppies Make a Beautiful Show
I've always loved poppies in pictures and designs. A tribute all year round! Here's a selection of poppy flower art.
Poppies for the wall add a splash of color.
A beautiful print by Ven Gogh.