Their talk is picturesque, their manner frank
A little hasty, what they think— they say—
They’ve got a down on arrogance and swank
Passive submission doesn’t come their way
And we are sorry now to leave you, but war is all “goodbye”
The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the Great War (1914–18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom in the mud and soil of Flanders. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve.
In New Zealand the poppy is most often worn around Anzac Day. Since 1927 Poppy Day has been marked on the Friday before Anzac Day (unless it falls on a Good Friday).
Anzac Day, 25 April, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
*Anzac verse (extracts):
(1) Jessie Pope (“The Observer”, 29 September 1917).
(2) 2nd Lt Thomas A Clark Snr died 1918. Featherston Military Camp.