Pop­pies hon­our fallen in Pin­gelly

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

1700 pop­pies will line the lawns of Pin­gelly’s Me­mo­rial Park from dawn un­til dusk on Sun­day, many rep­re­sent­ing a WWI or WWII ser­vice per­son­nel with links to Pin­gelly.

The sur­names, first names and ser­vice num­ber of per­son­nel will be dis­tinctly dis­played on a ma­jor­ity of the pop­pies for the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

Or­gan­iser Ellen Cook said1500 poly­mer clay pop­pies have come from var­i­ous groups and work­shops from around Pin­gelly, while Pin­gel- ly Pri­mary School will pro­vide 200 pa­per pop­pies.

“We wanted to do this to pay re­spects to our per­son­nel be­fore us, the men and women be­fore us, and to also get Pin­gelly in­volved and get­ting the younger gen­er­a­tion and older gen­er­a­tion to­gether,” she said.

“These lo­cal per­son­nel were ei­ther born in Pin­gelly, en­list- ed in Pin­gelly or resided lo­cally but en­listed else­where.

“We need to be thank­ful to the peo­ple who are the rea­son we are here and able to live in Pin­gelly.

“In WWI, even though we’ve only got 480-odd pop­pies, 600 left from Pin­gelly to go to war, that’s about half our pop­u­la­tion.”

Mrs Cook hopes the project can cre­ate ta­ble talk at Pin­gelly Pri­mary School chil­dren’s homes, get­ting kids to ask ques­tions about their fam­ily’s in­volve­ment in the wars with their par­ents.

“Talk to their mum and dad and ask them “were our grand­par­ents in the war” and they could re­search it to­gether,” she said.

“It also gives the kids the op­por­tu­nity, with­out dob­bing in as such, to say “Bob Smith was teas­ing me about how I made my poppy” and it gives par­ents a chance to ask what else is hap­pen­ing at school.”

In WWI, even though we’ve only got 480-odd pop­pies, 600 left from Pin­gelly to go to war, that’s about half our pop­u­la­tion.

Ellen Cook

Ellen Cook with some of the pop­pies that will be dis­played on Sun­day.

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