We will remember them
CREATING 64,000 knitted and crocheted poppies for Remembrance Day has brought together women from 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.
Group member Pam Black was contacted by a Bridgetown cousin who sent 3000 poppies from the South-West town, and contributions have come from RSLs including Bassendean, Bunbury, Dawesville, Kelmscott and Armadale. The group met twice a week for 18 months 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 one 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 that had been churned by shells, sprayed by bullets and covered in poisonous gas, before their significance was acknowledged in John McCrae's In Flanders Fields.
Families’ stories from all conflicts occupied the women as they knitted, including decorating some of the poppies with the buttons of former military personnel.
“A lot of women sent in just a few flowers, saying they just wanted their relative remembered, or asked we sew on a stalk, so now there was a sense of completion,” Nedlands group member Katie Dunkley said.
Serving Armed Forces members knitted when the group visited bases in WA.
“For us, the significance was they are our current serving soldiers, sailors and airmen and we need to support them,” Ms Dunkley said.
Call 9287 3799 to help plant the poppies.
RSL branches from Perth to Mandurah will conduct services commemorating the centenary of the World War I Armistice on November 11.
Leederville: Service at the West Leederville Memorial Gardens and Cenotaph, 10.20am.
Mt Hawthorn: Axford Park, 129 Scarborough Beach Road, 10.45am.
Ballajura: Ballajura Community College, 265 Illawarra Cres, South Ballajura 10.30am.
Bassendean: Bassendean Memorial, Wilson Street, 10.30am.
Cambridge: West Leederville Cenotaph, Cambridge Street, West Leederville, 10.30am.
Cottesloe: Sunset service, Cottesloe Civic Centre, Broome Street.
North Beach: Memorial Precinct, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach, 10.45am.
Shenton Park: Fallen Soldiers Memorial, corner Rokeby and Hamersley roads, 10.50am.
South Perth: South Perth Council Chambers, corner South Tce and Sandgate St, South Perth, 10.45am.
Victoria Park: Memorial Gardens, corner Albany Highway and Harvey Street, 10.30am.
Applecross: War Memorial, Wireless Hill Park, 10.30am.
Armadale: Armadale Memorial Park, 11am.
Bellevue: Bellevue RSL Sub-Branch Hall, 10.45am.
Belmont: City of Belmont War Memorial, 10.30am.
Byford: Community Breakfast, Linton St, North Byford, 8am, and 11am service at ANZAC Memorial Park.
Cannington: Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch, 11am.
Cockburn: Forrest Road to Carrington Street march, 10am, and War Memorial service, corner Rockingham Road and Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, 11am.
Dawesville: Dawesville Memorial, Dawesville Foreshore, Estuary Drive, 10.45am.
Joondalup: Service at Joondalup War Memorial, Central Park, Grand Boulevard, 10.45am.
Kalamunda: War Memorial service at Kostera Oval, 3 Recreation Road, 10.30am.
Mandurah: Voices in Harmony and service from 10.15am at Mandurah War Memorial, Leighton Place.
Mundaring: Service at the memorial, Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring, 11am.
Port Kennedy: Service at Port Kennedy RSL SubBranch, 27 Paxton Way, Port Kennedy, 11am.
Quinns Rocks: Service at cenotaph at the Quinns Rocks Sports Club, Tapping Way, 10.30am. Guest speaker Ernie Dingo.
Riverton: Riverton SubBranch, 153 High Road, Willetton, 10.45am.
Rockingham: Village Green service, 10.25am.
Wanneroo: Wanneroo Memorial Park service, 10.45am.
Yanchep-Two Rocks: Service and veterans’ march, Yanchep National Park Memorial, 10.30am.
Poppy makers Judy Welch, Ann Black, Rita Sillitoe and Lorraine Meeks are among volunteers who have made 64.000 poppies to create a red lawn for the Centenary of Armistice Day.