Red Remembrance Poppy
During World War I, Red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) carpeted the fields during battles, especially in Flanders. The little red flowers sprang up in bomb craters, around trenches, and often marked soldiers’ graves. Today the red Flanders poppy remains a symbol of war and its heroes. Many remember their lost friends and family members by wearing a paper poppy pinned to their lapel on November 11th, Remembrance Day
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.
In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who died in World War One. The day continues to be commemorated in allied countries.
After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.