April 25 is Anzac Day when we remember soldiers who died in war and honour those who returned or are currently serving, a tradition since 1916. Anzac Day was initially gazetted as a half-day holiday and in 1921 was first marked as a full public holiday.
ANZAC : Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs
The origins of this tradition go back to the thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought and died in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.
2779 New Zealanders killed
8500 Australians killed
– from https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/anzac-day/introduction
To mark Anzac Day I’m posting a photo I took a few weeks ago of the decorative wall on the Returned Services Association (RSA) building in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. A single red poppy is prominently displayed among a line of poppies that aren’t coloured. To me this produces a very striking effect.
There is an excellent page on the NZ Army website about the significance of the red poppy. See http://www.army.mil.nz/culture-and-history/anzac-day.htm
Text and Photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)