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Today is Poppy Day!

Today is Poppy Day!

Posted April 16, 2021
History / Arts / Culture

The annual Poppy Appeal supports current and ex-service personnel, including the NZ Police, and their families.

The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals, and is usually held each year on the Friday before Anzac Day.

This year Poppy Day returns to the streets after it was conducted online last year due to COVID-19 interrupting commemorations.