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Red Poppy

Events In History

24 April 1922

A total of 245,059 small poppies and 15,157 larger versions were sold, earning £13,166. Of that amount, £3695 was sent to help war-ravaged areas of northern France; the remainder went to unemployed returned soldiers and their families.


Anzac Day

First observed in 1916, Anzac Day - 25 April - commemorates those killed in war and honours returned servicemen and women. The ceremonies held at war memorials around the country, and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, are rich in tradition and ritual. Read the full article

Page 9 - The red poppy

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. In many countries it is worn on Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen on

This painting of the village of Pas, the Somme, 1918, is by N.H. Welch. Note the poppies in the field. See the NZ History and Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association websites for information on the significance of the poppy.