Post A Poppy is a community website with the purpose of commemorating and honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in all wars and peacekeeping operations. By remembering them by posting a poppy or through stories, letters, images and video we can ensure their memory will never be lost.
We encourage everyone to post a poppy or share their stories and memories, which will help continue to educate our community about the impact that War has on so many soldiers, their families, their friends and the nation.
Post A Poppy has been established in 2015 to mark the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli and we hope it is around for generations to come so the sacrifices will never be forgotten.
Once you have added your content we encourage you to share the link to this site with fellow Australians so a rich collection of memories unfold.
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The Story Behind the Remembrance of the Poppy
Following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War 1, bright red poppies (palaver rhoeas) have become an internationally recognised symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. The poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living too.
Poppies are herbaceous annual, biennial or short-lived perennial plants that are in full bloom late spring to early summer. Poppies can be over 4 feet tall with flowers up to six inches across. The flowers have 4 to 6 petals, many stamens forming a conspicuous whorl in the centre of the flower and an ovary consisting of two too many fused carpels.
The poppy is seen as a Remembrance Flower and is used to raise funds for those who need it, especially servicemen and women suffering the effects of war.
Some of the fighting of World War 1 occurred in the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France. The poppy was one of the few things which grew in the aftermath of the devastation of the region. A doctor, John McCrae, was a serving doctor there with the Canadian Armed Forces, inspired and moved by what he experienced and saw, wrote the verses below in 1915.
In Flanders’ Fields
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.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ fields.