KNITTERS and fabric and fibre artists from across Baw Baw have come together to make hundreds of poppies to recognise the contribution of soldiers in World War I.
First published in the 24 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Pick up your copy from retailers across Baw Baw today!
The gardens at the Baw Baw Sustainability Network’s REstore hub in Yarragon were awash with red after over 900 handmade poppies were placed there as part of the 5,000 poppies campaign.
A short memorial service was held at the venue yesterday, attended by 50 locals, politicians and a large group of Yarragon Primary School students who sang the national anthem.
Contributor Margaret Oliver said in a media release the soldiers worked to protect future generations and those new generations had a new fight on their hands.
“Our work at REstore promoting sustainable living is another kind of service that current generations are doing for our country and our world’s future and we are grateful that we can do it in peace,” she said.
Over the past two years the national 5,000 Poppies campaign has been preparing for the centenary.
The group behind the campaign has estimated that there have been “well in excess of 50,000 contributors and volunteers” involved with the project.
So far over 250,000 poppies have been made.
Poppies were installed at Federation Square in Melbourne last night for viewing today.
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