In 2014 the Tower of London was surrounded by thousands of ceramic poppies. A spectacular display in memory of the 100years since Great Britain joined the First World War in 1914.
Crowds of visitors came to view the sea of poppies cascading from the Tower into the moat. An image that was both beautiful and solemn.
This year Australia will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fateful battle at Gallipoli on April 25th. Melbourne will host a spectacular ceremony to honour and show remembrance for this tragic day. Part of the remembrance will be the display of thousands of hand crafted, knitted and crocheted Poppies.
The Melbourne Poppy project was established by Margaret Knight and Lynne Berry to commemorate their fathers' war service. The women hoped to collect 5000 handcrafted poppies from various community groups and interested individuals.
However the project has snowballed and they have already received in excess of 170,000 knitted, crocheted, felted and other stunning handcrafted donations.
I look forward to seeing the finished project when nets filled with an expected 200,000 poppies will be displayed around Melbourne and Federation Square.