Good Morning.  Today I have a very special card to share with you.  One that I hope reflects how So Very Thankful I am for those  who made the sacrifice and fought in wars to enable the freedom we enjoy today as we remember our Soldiers today on ANZAC Day.

I was blessed to have won the Oh So Ecclectic Stamp Set at On Stage earlier this month and it’s perfect for today’s card and the sentiment from Rose Wonder says all I need to say ..

ANZAC Poppy using Oh So Ecclectic by Leonie Schroder Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia

About the Poppy …

The red poppy is worn as a sign of remembrance.

The red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.

Anzac Day …

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.

Lest We Forget …

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

To those of you who had family that went to war and did not return – We will Remember Them,  We will wear our poppies with pride and immense thanks for their sacrifice.

For those enjoying today as a Public Holiday – please educate those around you and your children so they will never be forgotten and our freedom never taken for granted.

Thanks for stopping by …

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4 Comments

  1. Such a Beautiful card Leonie.. I love Poppys but had never heard of ANZAC before.. I will forever think about this and when my poppys are in bloom it will be a reminder of the sacrifices our troops have made all over the world for our Freedoms!

    1. thank you Sherry .. it’s a truly fitting way to remember them. Story has it that at Flanders Field (where some of the war was fought) that the shells from the gun fire pierced the soil which exposed the poppy seeds to light and hence they grew where the war once was and that’s why we use Poppies to commemorate our Soldiers.

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