A volunteer poses with a ceramic poppy amongst the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" marking the anniversary of the World War One at the Tower of London. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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For a century, the poppy – the small red flower known in Arabic as al-khashkhash – has served as a symbol of remembrance for those who have lost their lives at war.One hundred years ago to this day, 16,000 of our countrymen – members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or "ANZACs" – landed on the beaches of Gallipoli, Turkey, as part of a campaign to secure the Dardanelles Strait. During the eight months that followed the landing, some 11,000 of those men lost their lives, along with many thousands of British and Turkish soldiers. For Australians and New Zealanders, the poppy has become a symbol of this anniversary, known as ANZAC day.
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