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ANZAC Day — Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall --- Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall — Gallipoli 100

April 25 is Anzac Day, a day of commemoration in Australia and New Zealand. On this day in 1915, the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (together with other troops) landed at Gallipoli (Turkey), the beginning of a disastrous campaign with huge loss of lives.

The Poppy Wall shown here was assembled when the Cunard Liner “Queen Elizabeth” was in port at Auckland on February 27 this year. Her world cruise lead past Gallipoli Peninsula last night, April 24, and a commemorative service was scheduled aboard the ship, this Poppy Wall forming the centrepiece of the occasion.

While the scope of the Anzac Day Commemorations has widened over the years to include the memory of all fallen in armed conflict (and honouring those who returned), this year the events of Gallipoli and World War I are much more in the foreground.

The poppy has become very much a symbol of commemoration, see earlier posts.

(You can find the position of the Queen Elizabeth here.)

Poppies for the Display

Poppies for the Display

4 Comments

  1. I am totally conflicted about today, such has been the hype.

  2. Nice to learn about the history of other places. Yes, the red poppy must be a universal symbol as it is used here in the US also.

  3. A lot of history on this date in that year. It’s also been noted here that it’s been a century since Ypres and the first use of poison gas by the Germans in that war.

    The poppy certainly is something that transcends political borders.

  4. The poppy is such a powerful representative of anzac day. What a cool centrepiece 🙂

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