Anzac Day

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Today is Anzac Day in New Zealand and Australia. It is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915.
Anzac Day is observed as a day of commemoration for those who died in the service of their country and to honour returned servicemen and women.

2,721 New Zealand soldiers died during the eight-month Gallipoli Campaign.

It was a French woman, Madame E. Guérin, who conceived the idea of widows and orphans manufacturing artificial poppies in the devastated areas of Northern France that could be sold by veterans’ organisations overseas for the benefit of veterans as well as the destitute children of northern France.

The first Poppy Day in New Zealand was held on April 24, 1922. After over 80 years, few appeals can claim the history and public recognition as that of the Poppy Day Appeal.

Nathalie and Sally have beautiful posts on Anzac Day with interesting thoughts and information.

7 thoughts on “Anzac Day”

  1. In the UK we have our Remembrance Day for all serviceman on 11th November. It’s a tradition that at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we stand for a minutes silence. We also buy poppies. They have a memorial service at the Albert Hall in London, lots of servicemen attend and at the very end they stand in silence as thousands of poppies are dropped from the ceiling, they represent all those who have died for their country, the poppies flutter down and some of the serviceman are covered in them, it’s the most moving moment.

  2. It’s curious because on 25th of April we celebrate the “Liberation Day” that meaning the end of Second World War (50million of dead)… May our deads for peace and freedom rest in peace.

  3. Our Memorial Day about the end of the first world war is on November 11th, about the second world war on May 8th (i’m sure the way I write about these wars is wrong but, sorry, i don’t remember how we must say…), but no more poppies here in France, dommage, nice and peaceful idea. Beautiful photo, as usual, thank you Lachezar.

  4. Anzac Day is obviously very important, sort-of like our Memorial Day. I remember buying poppies as a child, but haven’t seen them for years here as a symbolic remembrance. Your photo is very colourful.

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