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RSA Poppy Day appeal launches

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

The RSA's annual appeal, the Poppy Day street collection, is about to kick off, in the build up to Anzac Day.

From Friday, collectors will be scattered through-out the country to exchange donations for the distinctive red poppy.

It's one of the oldest nationwide appeals, and started in 1922, designed remember sacrifices made by service men and women.

The RSA didn't hold its first Poppy Appeal alongside the UK, Canada and Australia on Armistice Day in 1921, but the day before Anzac Day in 1922, as the ship carrying the poppies from France arrived in New Zealand too late.

Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War I and are a symbol of remembrance and hope, the RSA says.

Anzac Day, April 25, falls on Tuesday next week.

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