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Australian War Memorial Canberra

On Friday the 12th October 2018 twelve members of Majura Ladies Probus Club visited the Australian War Memorial Canberra to view the  display of 62,000 handcrafted red poppies on the Memorial's grounds which is the centrepiece of commemorations, symbolically representing Australian lives lost in the First World War. 

November 11, 2018 is the centenary to mark the end of the war. Members walked around the Sculpture Garden on the Memorial’s western grounds to view this spectacular and moving display. Complementing the handcrafted poppies displayed is a moving musical program assembled by Memorial artist in residence Chris Latham. 

Each handcrafted poppy has been created by a volunteer and represents an Australian life lost in the First World War. The names of those lost are individually listed on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour as depicted by the photo of one of the many poppies with a pearl centre which were lovingly embroidered on the back by a very special contributor with each one having a name from the Roll.  

Also scattered around were purple poppies remembering animals lost during wars. A very moving experience culminating with lunch at the Poppie Café.