This afternoon, Members of Parliament gathered on the steps of Parliament House in support of the 5000 Poppies project.
What began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, to honour their fathers who both fought in World War II, has become an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served their country in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Lynn and Margaret set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne for Remembrance Day in 2013. This simple tribute of love and honour sparked a massive community outpouring with an estimated 50,000 plus contributors to the project.
More than 300,000 beautiful handcrafted poppies have been contributed from all over the world and, were featured in acclaimed landscape designer Phillip Johnson’s spectacular installation on the steps of Melbourne’s Federation Square and on Princes Bridge for Anzac Day 2015.
The installation will be shown in May at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 in the UK