Category Archives: 5000 Poppies

Flowers of War : The Vietnam Requiem – 50 Years On

2020 … a year none of us will ever forget is (thankfully) behind us and 2021 with all it’s ups and downs is proving almost as challenging for many. We have not been able to (yet) re-engage with the world … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of VP Day

On the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific … I honour my dad … Wal Beasley (Alfred James Walter) who was not only a wonderful father, but a truly beautiful human being. I talk about Wal and Marg’s dad … Continue reading

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The Book

How, exciting … the book is finally available online. It is a stunning pictorial record (I would almost call it a diary) of our amazing project from start to finish (2013-date), with more than 100 pages of images. Red is … Continue reading

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Not really the start we were looking for in 2020

2020 has had a rather painful beginning with fires raging seemingly everywhere in our beautiful country. Far too many lives lost … at last count 23 precious lives. Thousands of homes and livelihoods burned to the ground. Communities just decimated. … Continue reading

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ANZAC DAY 2019

Up early for the dawn service at my local RSL this year, I have again been reflecting on the meaning of ANZAC Day to me. I am grateful to all of you who have served and sacrificed on our behalf. … Continue reading

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Australia Day 2019

Australia Day is that day when we in Australia celebrate our nationhood. I understand that not every Australian has the same connection to the day/date, but nevertheless at this point in our history, this is our day to reflect and … Continue reading

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It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over …

My 2018 end of year message has now been uploaded.  This one is a little on the long side, so grab a cup of [insert beverage of your choice] and sit back for 10 minutes or so as I remind you … Continue reading

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It’s only words … and words are all I have

Dear fantastic and amazing 5000 Poppies team. I know that wordpress and facebook is probably not the most personal place to put this … but it is the most far reaching of all the mediums I have at my disposal … Continue reading

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Done and (almost) Dusted

What an enormous few weeks we have had at 5000 Poppies. I am in serious awe of what we have achieved and even bigger and more serious awe of the amazing team we have had behind us all the way. … Continue reading

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Not Forgotten …

We are moving forward … at a pace it feels … towards our last wave of tributes this week for Remembrance Day and the Centenary of Armistice next Sunday.  It’s been amazing and very gratifying to be able to take … Continue reading

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