Today, April 25, New Zealand and Australia observe Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in Turkey (1915). From the commemoration of that ill-fated campaign, the day grew into a commemoration of all service personnel who died for their country, as well as honouring returned personnel.
Poppy Day is usually the Friday before Anzac Day, but this year was on the Thursday (because of Good Friday). On Poppy Day RSA volunteers offer poppies in exchange for a donation, the major fundraiser of the RSA for their welfare work with returned service personel.
On my visit to the Waikumete Services Cemetery last Thursday, I found these poppies wedged between two headstones.