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ANZAC 2015 POPPIES TRIBUTE

05/05/2015

MBG presented two main events for the  Anzac 2015 commemorations.

‘Lest We Forget’ headstones once again looked imposing and impressive in the AEC foyer, and the Town Hall foyer.  Both venues attracted high visitor numbers attending functions over the weekend..

‘Poppies in the Sand’ at Ellen Cove took the form of a map of Australia and New Zealand, filled with nearly all of our 30,000 plastic poppies, planted by the public.  Amazing!  We had learned from our November experience that the local community and visitors really wanted to be involved, so we took the risk of relying on them to come along and do the job, and it paid off. It was also a great community effort to get them all packed up and ready for next year.   Ron Kerruish deserves congratulations for working out how to draw the map, with help from Patti. Additions were made by those who cared – Stewart Island, Rottnest, and King Island appeared!  Thanks to Mayor Dennis Wellington who first suggested that we do the map.

Meanwhile, our chairman Jane Mouritz travelled to Melbourne with a few poppies to add to the huge display of 250,000 at Federation Square.  Our headstones were certainly not needed to swell the numbers, though Jane says they would have looked stunning had we not decided that Albany was a more appropriate location.

So, it’s two down and four to go – three more Anzac Days then the culmination of the WW1 Commemorations on November 11, 2018.

The beginning.  Photo: B Madden

The beginning. Photo: B Madden

Photo: B Madden

Photo: B Madden

Photo: John Forbes www.johnforbes.photo

Photo: John Forbes http://www.johnforbes.photo

Packing up.  Photo: B Madden

Packing up. Photo: B Madden

Nearly there.  Photo: B Madden

Nearly there. Photo: B Madden

Lest We Forget  Installation at AEC. Photo: B Madden

Lest We Forget
Installation at AEC. Photo: B Madden

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