Thursday, April 23, 2009

ANZAC Day: Poppy Day.

Tomorrow, 25 April is Anzac Day .
It commemorates all New Zealanders and Australians killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.
The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare
Every year, the Vets and their families sell these poppy flowers. When I was in primary school in Borneo, we used to buy them. My teacher told me that the money was  ex-Services and dependants. Later, when Sarawak became part of Malaysia, they stopped selling poppies. feathers were sold instead.                                                                                                 
In my ESOL adult class, I teach ANZAC day to the new immigrants. I was glad to have L and E who lived through the war to assist me. "Lest we forget" doesn't mean as much as those who lived thhrough those horrible days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

1 comment:

Bitsa Lit said...

We do celebrate rememberance day here in canada on november 11. "In Flander's Fields" is memorized by almost every child from a very young age...i still remember it :) Around that time of year there are stands in every mall and grogery store taking donations and passing out poppies for people to show their support of our military, the great militaries of the world and to remember the wars of the past. It is a beautiful time of year when everyone stands together with only the poppy in common.
This was an awesome post Ann, very eye opening and I enjoy reading everything I can about people from around the world. I had no idea that rememberance day, or poppy day, was celebrated anywhere else in the world like it is celebrated here. Great post!