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Remembrance Day poppy installation

THE Cairns RSL Sub Branch Poppy On Ladies will be wrapping crocheted poppies around the ANZAC Centenary Sculpture at Tobruk Pool this Friday 10 November.

In 2013, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet 120 poppies to ‘plant’ at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers, Wal Beasley and Stan Knight.

It was this simple tribute of love and honour that sparked a massive community outpouring with an estimated 50,000-plus contributors to the project and hundreds of smaller localised tributes throughout Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Iulia Wishart, the Group Leader of the Cairns Poppy On group said there are many people who see the display from year to year and feel honoured,” she said.

“My hope is that the younger generation with military background get the same feeling when they see it.

“Every year we put up Christmas decorations – I want this to have the same significance.

“We must keep the flame burning — let’s paint the town red.”

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