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08 Nov 2018

San Help Team Villiage Green poppies to help us remember

Over 700 knitted and crocheted poppies planted in the San’s Village Green gardens mark the significance of this year’s Remembrance Day.

The bright red poppies commemorate the end of World War 1 in 1918 and are a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of the original ANZAC’s and the generations of service men and women who have served in war.

Sunday 11th November is the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities, originally called Armistice Day.

During the First World War red poppies were the first plants to grow on the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. Poppies have become a symbol for the sacrifice of soldiers during warfare and are now featured in many iconic Remembrance Day poems.

“It’s a time for remembering our families” said volunteer Margaret Whitehall, one of the many 500 strong San Help Team volunteers who initiated the knitting campaign and were joined by hospital wide knitters to create the display.

San volunteer Joy Osgood also took the time to reflect on those close to her who have served including husband George Osgood, a Naval Officer on HMAS Perth during WWII, and father-in-law Athol Osgood who served in the Army in WWI.

Amongst the garden of red poppies are a patch of purple poppies to commemorate the service of animals involved in military campaigns, including horses and homing pigeons.

The heart-warming creative display is at the front of the Clifford Tower facing the Hospital Green until Monday.
All are invited to visit to remember and reflect.

 

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872–1918)

 

 

 

 

 

San Help Team Volunteers Joy Osgood, Margaret Whitehall and Diane Rowe


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