Or in our case … all roads lead to the Australian War Memorial.
If you have heard this story before and had enough, look away now.
Marg and I, almost from day 1, were determined that our little memorial project would end up at the War Memorial. It was right. It was fitting. It was the perfect ending.
The journey has been dotted with the most spectacular opportunities to display our beautiful handcrafted poppies.
But today, as we labelled our last box … I took a little time to reflect on the last five plus years … and the journey we have been on.
From the outset, as you know, and as I say so often, this project, for me has been about my Dad, and for each of you about your own personal journey of remembrance.
And, I have been asked too many times to count “why do you think this project has been so successful”, and I always respond by saying that it has many layers, and it truly does … but in the end it boils down to community, But now that I am sitting here, having put away the tools of making for just a little while and contemplating packing for the journey to Canberra tomorrow … I wonder if it’s simpler than that.
I wonder, truly, if its just that we want to connect somehow with those brave souls who gave their all in the hope of a better world.
Our brave souls … our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, uncles and aunts, cousins, and more distant relatives … friends.
It is right and fitting that we feel a deep, deep gratitude for their bravery, their sacrifice, their willingness to give their all.
And it is right and fitting, that we use the skills we have to shout it to the world in a glorious, riot of colour that symbolises our hope that they are forever honoured in our hearts and our thoughts.
As we should.
LEST WE FORGET
Phillip Johnson’s team is already in Canberra and has commenced the significant groundworks needed to make this field of poppies come alive. It’s a big job.
Planting starts on Saturday morning.
We launch on 5 October.
You are welcome to come and see for yourself, the results of the work of many thousands of contributors from all around the world … in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWI.
It will be spectacular.
Three days, 14 hours, 57 minutes and 50 seconds ….