26 Apr A Community Tribute of Respect and Remembrance
Poppies knitted by Community Connect Northern Beaches
The humble story of knitted poppies began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women to honour their fathers who fought in World War II; 120 crocheted poppies were planted at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne for Remembrance Day in 2013.
It was this simple tribute of love and honour to their fathers that sparked mass community engagement, with an estimated 50,000 plus contributors from around the world now involved with the knitted poppy project.
As knitted poppies have evolved to become an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, thousands of poppy inspired tributes have taken place throughout Australia and overseas for the duration of the Centenary of World War I, also known as The Centenary of ANZAC.
A group of 25 local community members that form part of Community Connect – Northern Beaches, have come together to knit and crochet hundreds of poppies as part of the Centenary poppy appeal. Each poppy is a labour of love and takes roughly one hour to produce. Carefully cascading down a lone soldier installation, view the hundreds of local community members hand knitted poppies around the Book of Remembrance on Level 2 at Dee Why RSL. The hundreds of poppies created by Community Connect, amongst many other community groups, will be sent to Canberra to help create a spectacular installation for the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day 2018.
This year’s Remembrance Day installation will captivate and reflect the labour of love for many thousands of people from across the nation. Since 2014, the first year of the centenary, the knitted poppy project has been well over a million hours of volunteer’s hard work in the making and is a stunning acknowledgment of the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women, their families and their communities.