Poppy power at Tatura

November 10, 2017

Tatura RSL sub-branch members Mal Watts, Barb Burr, Del Minns, Michelle Parish, Jan Mirtschin, Leonie Wilson and Tania Thomas.

A bright splash of red will greet guests at the Tatura RSL’s Remembrance Day commemorations this year.

Initiated in April, the sub-branch asked for the community to become involved and hand-make the flowers to sew into a giant poppy blanket.

Organiser and Tatura RSL member Leonie Wilson said they had received a total of 4342 poppies, which were attached to the township’s war memorial wall this week.

‘‘A lot of people made them out of felt, or they knitted or crocheted them,’’ she said.

‘‘So we’ve ended up with a lovely mix.’’

The striking sea of handmade poppies is easily seen from the road and will be positioned on the wall for the sub-branch’s Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow. ‘‘We’re thinking about leaving it up for a week following Remembrance Day; it would be fabulous for the ladies who contributed to be able to come and see it,’’ Ms Wilson said.

‘‘And we’ll continue to use it for things like Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.’’

With people making the poppies from as far as Echuca and Kyabram, Ms Wilson said the blanket also included several purple coloured poppies in recognition of all the fallen animals.

‘‘To do all this in just six months is incredible,’’ she said.

The Remembrance Day ceremony will be followed by the unveiling of a World War I plaque, which not only recognises all those from the district who served overseas, but also those who moved to the area after they served.

The proceedings begin at 10.45am at Mactier Memorial Gardens, Hogan St, Tatura on Saturday, November 11.

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