Pop­pies il­lu­mi­nate Ar­mistice cen­te­nary

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

To com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice, a stun­ning light show of pop­pies will il­lu­mi­nate the Town Hall.

On Novem­ber 8, 59,000 red pop­pies will com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice in Al­bany and West Aus­tralians are urged to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of the fallen and pass on An­zac her­itage to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The red pop­pies, a sig­nif­i­cant sym­bol of the war, will be used as the ba­sis of the spec­tac­u­lar light show that will il­lu­mi­nate some of WA’s best-known build­ings.

The light show will be dis­played on build­ings from Ex­mouth to Bun­bury, Ger­ald­ton to Al­bany and from Kal­go­or­lie to Perth to com­mem­o­rate the sac­ri­fice of those who served in World War I — a global con­flict that ended when the Ar­mistice was de­clared on Novem­ber 11, 100 years ago. Aus­tralia suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing losses of life dur­ing the con­flict which claimed more Aus­tralian lives than any other.

By Novem­ber 11, 1918, 59,357 of the 330,000 Aus­tralians who em­barked on over­seas ser­vice had been killed, or died of wounds and dis­ease.

The light in­stal­la­tion will run in Al­bany on Novem­ber 8 from dusk un­til mid­night.

Vet­er­ans Is­sues Min­is­ter Pe­ter Tin­ley said the im­pact of World War I on Aus­tralia, our way of life and our 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.

“I en­cour­age all Western Aus­tralians to get to one of th­ese land­marks and at­tend the light show and to take a mo­ment to en­sure that we never for­get the con­tri­bu­tion of those who suf­fered and died to pro­tect our free­doms and se­cu­rity.”

On Novem­ber 8, 59,000 red pop­pies will com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice in Al­bany.

To com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice, a stun­ning light show of pop­pies will il­lu­mi­nate the Town Hall.

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