Car­pet of red hon­ours the fallen


Aus­tralians across the na­tion will to­mor­row pause to mark 100 years since the guns of World War I fell silent, with a dis­play of 62,000 knit­ted pop­pies at the Aus­tralian War Memo­rial the cen­tre­piece of com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Each poppy rep­re­sents an Aus­tralian sol­dier killed in the war.

Also at a cer­e­mony to­mor­row, the names of fallen sol­diers from the Roll of Hon­our will be dis­played on a fa­cade at the memo­rial’s grounds, ac­com­pa­nied by a per­for­mance by mu­si­cian-in­res­i­dence Chris Latham.

The cen­te­nary will also be marked at Par­lia­ment House, with 270,00 pop­pies spilling out across the fore­court, all knit­ted by vol­un­teers from Aus­tralia and over­seas. The dis­play will re­main in place un­til next Sun­day.

In Syd­ney, tenor Hu­bert Frances — the great-grand­son of Sir Herbert Ram­say, who in 1895 was the first to sing Waltz­ing Matilda — will sing the song at noon.

Queens­land’s largest Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony will be held at the Shrine of Re­mem­brance, An­zac Square, Bris­bane.

West Aus­tralian RSL “poppy ladies” and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have worked for 18 months to knit 62,000 pop­pies to trans­form the State War Memo­rial in Perth into a sea of red.

Af­ter a ser­vice be­gin­ning at 10.15am, there will be one minute of si­lence at 11am at the Shrine of Re­mem­brance in Mel­bourne. Vic­to­rian Gover­nor Linda Des­sau will lay a wreath on be­half of all Vic­to­ri­ans.

At Ho­bart Ceno­taph, Tas­ma­ni­ans will come to­gether for a ser­vice start­ing just af­ter 10am.

Af­ter­wards, a con­cert at the Fed­er­a­tion Con­cert Hall will fea­ture the Tas­ma­nian divi­sion of the Aus­tralian Army band and other lo­cal groups.

RSLs and churches will also hold lo­cal ser­vices, in­clud­ing marches, be­fore ob­serv­ing the minute of si­lence for fallen troops at 11am.

In Coola­mon, NSW, the com­mu­nity came to­gether to make more than 1000 ce­ramic pop­pies as part of the com­mem­o­ra­tion ef­fort.

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