The poppy

The students study an image of a poppy, which is a commonly used and understood symbol of commemoration of the First World War and other wars.

A poppy at the 2011 ANZAC Day Service in Devonport by the Royal NZ Navy.

A poppy at the 2011 ANZAC Day Service in Devonport by the Royal NZ Navy.

Context

Many people wear artificial poppies as a symbol of remembrance and hope, because poppies were the first flowers that grew back over the battlefields in Flanders, Belgium. People wear them on Anzac Day, on Armistice Day, and on other occasions when they wish to commemorate the sacrifices that people made during wars. New Zealand’s first Poppy Day was held on 24 April 1922.

The donations that members of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) collect on Poppy Day, which is held in New Zealand near Anzac Day, go toward supporting exservicemen and women and their families.

Key questions

  • What can we observe?
  • What do we already know?
  • How might people view this symbol in different ways?

Possible discussion questions:

  • What is this picture about?
  • What do you know about the RSA?
  • Have you ever worn a poppy?
  • What does the symbol of the poppy mean to you?
  • What other symbols can you think of that relate to war or peace?
  • What symbols remind you of other commemorations or celebrations?
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