Knitted and crocheted red poppies will be made by the thousands to recognise the fallen troops, in time for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Ladies from Western Australia’s Returned Services League (RSL) branch have begun a project to knit or crochet 62,000 poppies to represent the Australians who died or were held as prisoners of war during World War I next year.
Knitted or crocheted poppies will be displayed on the lawn surrounding the State War Memorial as part of centenary celebrations on Armistice Day also known as Remembrance Day.
It comes as the RSL holds its annual Poppy Day on Friday to raise funds and promote awareness of the sacrifice made by Australian service men and women.
Veterans minister Peter Tinley said Australians had sacrificed their lives in wars and armed conflicts and urged people to pay their respects on Remembrance Day.
“I encourage everyone, no matter where they are, to observe one minute’s silence on Saturday (November 11) and reflect on the courage and resilience of our forebears and honour their service and sacrifice.”
“I further urge everyone to show their support for those who have represented Australia in our defence forces by wearing a red poppy.”
RSLWA poppy lady Judy Welch said she encouraged people to support the cause and get involved in making poppies.
“It’s WA’s time and we need all the WA, women and men and kids,” she said.
“We’ve been working towards it and we’ve worked hard to get them to agree to it.”