We Did It …

Good morning Poppy Friends … what an amazing day we have had in Melbourne …. truly … everything has just fallen into place with this amazing community project that we just assumed that the weather would play it’s part … could not have been more wrong.  It rained on an off all day … except however, as we did the mammoth job of moving the whole installation from Fed Square to Princes Bridge so the marchers could march through it … and again when we moved back to Fed Square.

It was a big day for us …. starting at 4.00 a.m. as we rolled up the 10 metre panels which were absolutely soaked … I think their start weight dry is approx 15 kg … wet … around 40 kg each.  Thank God for the men and women of the MFB – Melbourne Fire Brigade (and just quietly Paul Richie who had the connections).  Lifting those incredibly heavy loads looked so easy for them and they did it with a big smile twice in one day.  Huge thanks also to my very good friend Ian Cornwell from Doncaster Mitre 10 … with his truck … it made moving the load to and from Princes Bridge so much easier.  And of course … heartfelt thanks to all those who helped with the deinstall and reinstall … including my own very precious family.  And lastly … Phillip Johnson … what a dynamo that man is … the vision and the execution … he was a force to be reckoned with as he marshaled so many people into a cohesive team and Marg and I are SO grateful for his enormous will to get the job done … and what a job he did.  In retrospect I keep wondering to myself …. how would we have done it without the firies …. ever ambitious … I just knew it would happen somehow.

But the highlight of the day was the thrill for us as we watched the marchers march through the poppy field  … something I will personally never forget.

And at the conclusion of the march … straight back to Fed Square … rolled out and replaced in record time before the rains came again … and just in time for the helicopter fly over with the camera … to see a HUGE field of poppies again on the steps at Fed Square.

Congratulations all of you … an incredible job, incredibly well done.

So … what you have been waiting for … more pics. Not in any order at all … just random pics taken from a range of sources … I hope you don’t mind that I have borrowed them for a moment or two …

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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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3 Responses to We Did It …

  1. Bron says:

    I went yesterday and it was wonderful to see all the work and lovely displays of so much handiwork from far and near all put lovingly together in remembrance of Anzac 100 years. It was very special and I thank you Marg and Lynne for all that you have done in bringing it to fruition -from little things big hings come ! Wonderful photos too! xx Bron

  2. Vera Rayson says:

    A big thank you for all your hard work , Lynn , Marg. and all who volunteered. What a fantastic display. The photos are telling the story; it must’ve been very impressive. Despite the rain,
    which made things extra difficult. Congratulations- well done.
    All the best.

  3. Katherine says:

    I’m asking something a few people have asked me – how are they being dried out?

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