why do we have poppies on anzac
The Royal British Legion has started this year's Poppy Appeal. In the days leading up to 11 November, you will see people on the TV and in the streets wearing a poppy. This is a symbol to remember those who have given their lives in war. Millions of poppies will be given out over the coming days by tens of thousands of volunteers. Why do we wear poppies? The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. Poppies growing in a field in France, which used to be a battlefield
This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields, which you can read below. Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country. Every year, volunteers make poppies available throughout the country and people make a donation in order to get their poppy. The money raised from these donations is used to help servicemen and women who are still alive, whose lives have been changed by wars that they fought in. Former soldiers remember those who have lost their lives in war on Remembrance Sunday. You can see one at the front is carrying a wreath of poppies It might help them to get jobs and somewhere to live, and will also help older war veterans with any support they may need. It is also used to help those who have lost loved ones because of wars. Where did it all start? Wearing poppies like this to raise money to help people who had fought in wars started in 1921.
This was year that the Royal British Legion was founded on 15 May. However, back then the poppies weren't made out of paper like they are today. They were made out of silk. They sold out straight away and raised more than бе106,000 for those whose lives had been affected by the war, by helping to find them jobs and somewhere to live once they were no longer serving in the army. In 1922, a factory was set up where disabled former soldiers were employed to make the poppies. The poppies are made out of two plastic parts and two paper parts, and must be assembled by volunteers. Here you can see a pile of the green stems used to make poppies This factory is still running - and producing many millions of poppies each year - to this very day. While the majority of people wear their poppy on their chest, there is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. As the Royal British Legion says: "We only ask you to wear it with pride. " What is happening this year? For the 2017 Poppy Appeal, the poem mentioned earlier in this guide is playing an important role. That's because the words of the poem have been written out in poppies in seven different places - at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, on Dunkirk Beach in France, on the White Cliffs of Dover, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, in Cardiff Bay, at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester and outside the Sage in Newcastle. The letters of the words have been made up of groups of poppies, so it looks like the poem is growing from the ground. You can read In Flanders Fields below.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. - We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. - Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. April 25 is the day of remembrance for the fallen of all wars, but specifically it commemorates the day Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed at Gallipoli in 1915. for more information about events occurring in other regions of New Zealand, visit the on the ww100 website. Red poppies made of light cloth or paper, they are traditionally worn on and around Anzac Day as a mark of respect to those who died while serving their country. The poppy has its origins in the early twentieth century, when red or Flanders poppies bloomed over the graves of soldiers in France and Belgium. The poppy is now the undisputed symbol of remembrance, although its design has undergone several changes over the decades. The first poppy day in New Zealand was held on 24 April 1922 and it met with much public enthusiasm. In all, 245,059 small poppies were sold for one shilling each and 15,157 large poppies for two shillings each. Some of the money received was sent to the French Children s League and the rest was used to assist unemployed soldiers in need, and their families, during the winter of 1922.
So began the tradition of the Poppy Day Appeal as a means of raising funds for the welfare of returned service people and their families. Why Poppies? Poppies only flower in rooted up soil. Their seeds can lie on the ground for years and years, and it's only when someone roots up the ground that they will sprout. There was enough rooted up soil on the battlefield of the Western Front, that the whole front consisted of churned up soil. In May 1915, when Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous poem about Flanders Field in Belgium, around him poppies blossomed like no one had ever seen before. Canadian poet, Colonel John McCrae, first described the Flanders poppy as a flower of remembrance. During the second battle of Ypres in 1915, when in charge of a small first aid post, he wrote the following in pencil on a page torn from his field dispatch book: Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place, and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarcely heard amid the guns below. We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. The torch; be yours to hold it high! We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Colonel McCrae died while on active service in May 1918, but the concept of the red poppy lives on when we use it to salute the memory of those who made sacrifices for their country in wartime. Every Anzac Day ceremony involves the playing of the Last Post and Rouse and the reciting of the Ode, first in Te Reo and second in English. The [1. 5MB mp3]
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