As we approach Remembrance Day and commemorations to mark one hundred years since the end of the First World War, there is a beautiful tribute at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“What began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women to honour their fathers who fought in World War II, became an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.”
“Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers who fought in WWII.”
“The idea sparked a massive community outpouring with tens of thousands of contributors, from Australia, New Zealand and beyond, making hundreds of thousands of beautiful handcrafted poppies.”
March 2015 – Melbourne Flower and Garden Show.
Anzac Day 2015 – Melbourne’s Federation Square for the city’s centenary of Anzac commemorations.
May 2016 – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London
July 2016 – Fromelles France
Remembrance Day 2017 – Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne
Remembrance Day 2018 – Canberra Airport
I am honoured to have crocheted just a few poppies for this project, these artworks, these tributes.
All photos and quotes from 5000 Poppies.