Offenders recognise poppy significance
Offenders placed poppies on graves in Porirua for Anzac Day.
On the morning of Saturday, April 23, 20 community-based offenders, managed by Porirua Community Corrections, placed poppies on the graves of servicemen and women at Whenua Tapu Cemetery, north of Plimmerton.
The poppies were supplied by the RSA and included a sprig of rosemary, which is traditionally associated with Flanders Fields, because it grew in the battlefields.
Before the poppies were placed, Evan Black, past president and lifetime member of Porirua RSA, talked about the significance of the poppy, its origin in Flanders Fields and how its vivid red flower had become an international symbol of remembrance.
An offender who was placing poppies as part of his community sentence reflected on the talk.
‘‘My grandmother has two sons who were lost in the Somme and weren’t recovered,’’ he said.
‘‘My dad’s actually named after one of them.’’
Melanie Roy, Porirua Community Corrections service manager, said it was a wonderful opportunity for offenders to learn about the significance of the poppy and remember local servicemen and women.
An offender places a poppy on a grave at Whenua Tapu Cemetery in Plimmerton.