Wednesday 25 April 2012: ANZAC DAY
New Zealanders choose to wear a red poppy for Anzac Day, in remembrance of soldiers killed in action while fighting for their countries at war.
Spring, not autumn, is the time we usually think about poppies and in the northern hemisphere it is spring. It was also in the northern hemisphere that Anzac troops, along with those from other corners of the British empire, laid down their lives on the battle fields of western France. Once the fighting ceased poppies bloomed and through the literature of remembrance, became the symbol of those lost so young.