Pop­pies unite

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jon Bas­sett

CRE­AT­ING 64,000 knit­ted and cro­chet pop­pies for Re­mem­brance Day has brought women in con­tact with 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.

For 18 months, the group met twice a week 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 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 – their sig­nif­i­cance was ac­knowl­edged in John McCrae’s poem In Flan­ders Fields.

Call 9287 3799 to help plant the pop­pies this week.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487855

Judy Welch, Ann Black, Rita Sil­li­toe and Lor­raine Meeks with knit­ted pop­pies.

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