Shed­ding light on sac­ri­fice of sol­diers

Melville Times - - News -

THE poppy, a sym­bol for both the dead and the liv­ing, will be part of an an­i­mated light­show for the 100year 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 he 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.”

The vet­eran said the poppy was an im­por­tant sym­bol.

“The poppy was some­thing that flour­ished dur­ing the war,” he said.

“It was a great tes­ta­ment to na­ture that it was such a sturdy sym­bol of sur­vival.”

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 – 60,000 odd Aus­tralians were killed and New Zealand 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.

“The per­sonal sto­ries of those im­pacted by the war are in­cred­i­bly mov­ing and I am hon­oured to be part of the Cen­te­nary of Armistice com­mem­o­ra­tions,” he said.

“The cas­cad­ing pop­pies light show will be a spec­tac­u­lar way to hon­our our ser­vice­men and women a cen­tury af­ter their sac­ri­fice and ser­vice.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d488051

Fre­man­tle RSL pres­i­dent Lind­say Lover­ing and Fre­man­tle RSL chief com­mem­o­ra­tive war­den Les Butt at the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum ahead of a spe­cial light­show to mark Ar­mis­tace Day.

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