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It's weird for me to see poppies at this time of year, on people's collars. Veterans groups sell them. Today is Memorial Day in the U.S.
Growing up in Australia, poppies were reserved for Remembrance Day, November 11. One of us would be sent to ring the bell at 11 a.m. Everyone in the school would stand. We would have several minutes of silence, until the student ringing the bell rang it again.
I never really had a clear idea of what the terrain was like at Gallipoli. Peter Weir in his movie "Gallipoli" showed us the cliffs and the sea, but what I remember from that movie is the claustrophobic inevitability. I think that's a good way to think about war; it's what we should carry forward, so that we think long and hard about being in one.
In this short video a drone flies over the landscape at Gallipoli, including the trenches and grave sites. A hundred years later the landscape looks desolate and inhospitable.
The video also includes the sobering numbers of lives lost on both sides. A hundred years later it's still a lot to think about.
This has been a cold spring, at first dry, then very wet. Every year since I've been here, Dick's Grandmother's poppies have come up, sometimes squeaking in a the very last moment. Last year, the few we had came late. I wonder if any will even show up. But we don't need the symbols to jog our memory.
For some historic photographs from Gallipoli you can read this article (which also contains the drone footage).