Just thought I would share with you a recent email I had from Jenni Strachan of Werribee Vic, one of our keen poppy makers.  She has been travelling through France and visited a number of sites where members of her family had fought and died in WWI.  The images are a stunning reminder of what this project is about … LEST WE FORGET.
The photos are of Villiers-Brettoneux at the grave of John Raymond Jackson, 2614, 13th Bn. AIF, died 12 August, 1916. Jenni says there are 10,000 soldiers whose remains were never recovered. His name is in the memorial book shown in one of the photographs, also Albert Bates, 3004, 55th Bn, AIF, died 2 September, 1918, aged 22, and buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericour t-L’abee, France and Edward Leonard Burley, 1926, 57th BN, AIF, died 10 August, 1918,  and buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery, France.
Thank you Jenni for sharing your journey and your photos with us.
Jenni Strachan 4 2013 Jenni Strachan 5 2013 Jenni Strachan 6 2013 Jenni Strachan 7 2013 Jenni Strachan 2  2013 Jenni Strachan 3 2013 Jenni Strachan 1

About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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4 Responses to LEST WE FORGET

  1. Val Down says:

    Thank you for the photos. Very touching.

    • 5000poppies says:

      It’s lovely to see Val.
      We have started something meaningful to a lot of people.
      Cannot wait to see the outcome in April 2015 … it will be amazing!!!!!
      Hope your Tassie Trip was lovely with the family … and we look forward to seeing you in Fed.

  2. Judy Santarossa says:

    Hi, I would like to knit or crochet some poppies, could you let me know if I have to have a long tail or on a wire stick, also when do they have to be finished any other important bits. Regards Judy Santarossa

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Judy,
      We need neither a tail nor a stick. Just the head of the flower only … with sewn in ends.
      Look forward to seeing your contribution.

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