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Poppy Day Remembrance: We will remember them!

Updated on November 14, 2016

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

Poppy field
Poppy field

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.

Read more at First World War Poems

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

Poppies
Poppies

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
The Ode

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.

ANZAC Day
ANZAC Day

Stand To

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

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The New Zealand Defence Force

ANZAC Day - The NZ Defence Force
ANZAC Day - The NZ Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force on ANZAC Day 2012.

Photo Credit

ANZAC Parade
ANZAC Parade

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.

Photo Credit

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.

Reflections

Reflections
Reflections

What Day Do You Remember The Fallen Soldiers?

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The Last Post

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.

Platin Art Peel n'Stick Prints Wall Decals, Poppy Field
Platin Art Peel n'Stick Prints Wall Decals, Poppy Field

Poppies for the wall add a splash of color.

 

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Colin323: I agree.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Important lens: a reminder of the tragedy of war and the bravery of ordinary men and women. The 'Last Post' is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Great reminder of important parts of our history. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Poppies are very symbolic and always remind me of ANZAC Day. When I was a child I would sell the paper poppies for ANZAC Day, and then wear one on the day. At a young age I had no real understanding of what it symbolized but I sure do now. Lest we forget!

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      rooshoo 5 years ago

      Poppies are such pretty flowers. This is a touching lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Beautiful lens and the poppy is such a beautiful flower to be a symbol of remembrance. Blessed!

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      HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Very moving lens and some great pictures.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      A very moving lens for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A beautifullly presented Lens, we must never forget!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      A needed reminder... I am always surprised at how many people not only don't wear a red poppy on our Memorial Day, but have no idea why others do.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Very thoughtful and well done lens.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I lived in England for a while, and was very touched that Poppy Day is an important day of remembrance there.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      World War I is one of the most forgotten wars. I have a special interest in it for some reason. I have a gas mask lens that deals with some old ads I found. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Thank you for reminding us of what those before us have done.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful tribute lens...may we never forget. My father was killed in WWII, 2 days before I was born. I can't even imagine what my mother must have gone through.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      My maternal grandfather died when I was quite young, so I have no memories of him - but I do remember that Mom had his WWI doughboy uniform. A very thoughtful lens.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      it is a day that should always be remembered and cherished for our fallen heroes, my parents back yard is full of poppies and they are always a reminder for me

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Poppies are a constant reminder to me, of those that fell and will fall -

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Such an important day to remember ... how lovely a blossom as the poppy to symbolize that day.