Saturday, April 25, 2015

Anzac Day

Anzac day occurs on the 25th April and commemorates all New Zealander's killed in war and honours the returned serviceman and women.

This year, marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of NZ and Australian soldiers, the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915.

The red poppy is a symbol of war and remembrance, the world over.
From its association with poppies flowering in the Spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, this vivid red flower has become synonymous with the great loss of life in war.

Some of my relatives were conscientious objectors, and who simply did not want to take part and fight in World War 1. 
We will remember them.

Walking past the  ANZ bank the other day, I took a photo to share with you, of the poppies decorating the ATM machine, the wording reads,
Together we're honouring a century of the Anzac spirit

 Claude Monet's painting Summer Field of Coquelicots 1875
{Coquelicot, papaver rhoeas, the wild corn poppies}

Monday is a holiday here, so a long weekend is always welcomed

Hope you have a lovely weekend


  1. Interesting!! It's like the Veterans' Day here in the USA! I don't know that New Zealand was also at war before..... I don't know why for some reasons, I always thought New Zealand and Australia didn't participate in any of the world wars... I had been so ignorant until now, lol!!

  2. We will never forget them and will always be grateful for them. xx

  3. We have a similar one in November here in Canada called Remembrance Day.
    God bless those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms.
    Love and prayers and hugs for world peace.
    Love Jeanne

  4. We must remember everyone effected by the Great War whatever their experience. It must have been hard to be a conscientious objector. I'm glad we've learnt more about the trauma that conflicts have on minds as well as bodies.A solemn weekend for you in Australia and NZ. The Queen has led tributes at the Cenotaph in London to commemorate the Gallipoli conflct and I shall watch the recording this afternoon.

  5. Havé a Nice Ria...x!

  6. Hi Carolyn, Happy 100th anniversary of Anzac day. Beautiful post to remember those servicemen and women. Enjoy your long weekend and blessings to you and yours as you celebrate.
    Hugs, CM

  7. A beautiful post Carolyn to commemorate the men and women that fell in the Great War.

    Have a good week!

    Madelief x

  8. Happy 100th anniversary of Anzac Day! This sounds similar to our Memorial Day in the US. Honoring those who valiantly serve their country in military service is important no matter where we live. Hope you enjoy the long weekend and have a great new week ahead Carolyn.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  9. Dearest Carolyn,
    Happy belated Anzac Day and 100th Anniversary of it.
    I'm late making my rounds as I was very dizzy on Friday and yesterday too busy catching up on other work...
    Hugs to you,

  10. Thinking of all the sacrifices that were made for a horrendous war.
    Enjoy a peaceful day. Somehow, wishing a happy day doesn't feel quite right.

  11. We celebrate the memorial day on 25th April too here in Italy! :)
    It's very important honoring who died to make us free!

  12. Such an important thing to honor and remember. I think the poppy is such a strong and beautiful symbol of remembrance. All of the men and women who gave their lives for us...just no words. I hope that you had a good weekend friend! Nicole xoxo

  13. We were remember them. I found it quite moving seeing the events held to commemorate this anniversary especially seeing the ancestors of some of these soldiers marching past the centataph in London. It is surprising that so many soldiers came from the commonwealth to fight a war so far away. Sarah x

  14. What an important date to remember! A beautiful post to remember this date.

  15. Just read your very nice post ...

    We should always remember them ...

    All the best Jan


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