Sea of red sheds light

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE poppy, a sym­bol for both the dead and the liv­ing, will be part of an an­i­mated light­show for the cen­te­nary of armistice memo­rial ser­vices.

On Novem­ber 10, the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum will fea­ture the light­show, which will in­clude 59,000 red pop­pies.

Fre­man­tle RSL pres­i­dent Lind­say Lover­ing said she thought the light­show was a fan­tas­tic idea.

“It is a great way to en­gage with the com­mu­nity in this way be­cause it’s such an im­por­tant part of An­zac and World War I tra­di­tions,” he said.

“To com­bine tech­nol­ogy and art to com­mu­ni­cate those tra­di­tions to a wide cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity is highly com­mend­able.”

Fre­man­tle RSL chief com­mem­o­ra­tive war­den Les Butt said the poppy was a sym­bol for those who lost their lives on both sides.

“It's very im­por­tant when they see a poppy that 60,000 odd Aus­tralians were killed and New Zealan­ders lost 30,000 sol­diers,” he said.

“With the pop­u­la­tion of New Zealand barely 900,000 and Aus­tralia barely four mil­lion, the cream of the youth was ba­si­cally gone.”

Vet­er­ans Is­sues Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley said the im­pact of World War I on Aus­tralia, the way of life and its iden­tity as a na­tion could not be over­stated.

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