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.)