Driving into Merredin today and my heart not only swelled, it near on exploded with pride!
I was greeted with a sea of red, the red of 6500 handmade red poppies!!! 2000 hours of work, made from all sorts of materials by 400 odd people and planted by over 100 people!!
A vision of beauty to remember our brave men and women who fought for us to have the freedom we have today, put together by some very inspiring people at the Merredin Shire and made possible by the tireless Merredin community, including my late Nanna. This was her last craft project and she carried it out with the perfection and passion that we know and love her for.
She was very particular about what materials she used and My Mum and 2 of her sisters were proud to plant them in a prime position for her.
I saw photos on Facbook last night of how it all looked after they were planted but nothing prepared me for how it REALLY looked and the emotion that came with it, it really was awe inspiring and photos just don’t do it justice, it is quite amazing to see. So if you do get a chance for a country road trip, I urge you to try and get a first hand look, you won’t be disappointed and you will be welcomed with open arms.
I tried to get a photo of every kind of poppy but there simply were too many, some were made of plastic plates, milk bottles, coke cans, felt, plough discs, wood, crocheted and knitted wool and so many other things.
Individually they look great but when you see it enmass, it is amazing and touching to see so many people investing their time in keeping the ANZAC spirit alive.
Not forgetting adding some of our own
I am so proud of my hometown and look forward to being greeted by the poppies again on ANZAC day when we go to remember the brave on the 100th anniversary of the first ANZAC day
Lest We Forget