(Soldiers from the New Zealand Defence Force stand Guard in Afghanistan, courtesy NZDF website)
After the experience in Flanders Fields, the British Commonwealth chose the poppy to symbolize the sacrifice of Commonwealth troops. Fittingly, a poem written for ANZAC Day rings just as true now as it did then.
Lastly, I tried to find a good clip from the film "Gallipoli", but the best one I could find is a version dubbed in Italian. The basics are simple enough to grasp, although some of the more subtle points ("What are your legs, son?") might get lost in translation.Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?Selling poppies in town today.The poppies, child, are flowers of love.For the men who marched away.But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?Why not a beautiful rose?Because my child, men fought and diedIn the fields where the poppies grow.