Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Poppies

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
            – In Flanders Field (John McCrae)

Australian War Memorial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sits at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Batemans Bay War Memorial

Wreaths on a memorial at Bateman’s Bay on the NSW south coast

The red poppy, one of the few flowers that continued to grow in the war-ravaged Western Front, emerged soon after The Great War to help remember the millions that lost their lives. Popularised by the moving poem In Flanders Field, it became the symbol of Remembrance Day, the flower’s blood red colour graphically symbolising the fallen soldiers.

Australia’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was movingly unveiled on the 75th anniversary of Remembrance Day in 1993.

Many people across the western world stop for a minute at the 11th hour of 11 November (marking the end of World War 1) to offer a thought to those who have lost their lives fighting wars, often in foreign lands far away. In Australia memorials in cities and small towns have wreaths laid.

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