CREATING 64,000 knitted and crochet poppies for Remembrance Day has brought women in contact with nations where Australians have died in wars.
“We had 995 sent from a woman in Vietnam and when I was in London at Covent Garden I talked to a woman making them and she was from Turkey, so it was a connection with Gallipoli in 1915,” RSL WA Poppy Ladies’ Group member Lorraine Meeks said.
For 18 months, the group met twice a week to knit the flowers that will fill lawns close to the State War Memorial and at the Flame of Remembrance in Kings Park this Sunday.
Each remembers an Australian who died in World War I before the guns fell silent under the Armistice at 11am on November 11, 1918.
Afterwards, the red flowers bloomed in northern France’s battlefields – their significance was acknowledged in John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.
Call 9287 3799 to help plant the poppies this week.
Judy Welch, Ann Black, Rita Sillitoe and Lorraine Meeks with knitted poppies.