Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November each year. As a nation, we stay silent for one minute at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month to remember those soldiers who died fighting to protect our country in wars or armed conflict.
The red poppy has long been associated with days that remember fallen and injured soldiers. As one of the first plants to grow and thrive among the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium, red poppies signify recognition of the sacrifices of soldiers, the bond between comrades and respect for those who fought on the battlegrounds.
Our Blacktown Day Program clients and staff will observe Remembrance Day with red poppies in their front garden. The site is lucky enough to have nurtured beautiful, live, red poppies, but the addition of ceramic red poppies have highlighted the significance of the 11th of November at their site.
During art program, clients were supported to use plaster to form the petals and markings of their poppies. After the plaster was dry, clients used vibrant red paint to decorate their creations. Wire stems were then added to the poppies.
Everyone placed their poppies in the front garden. Some even fixed their poppies to the front tree.
On Remembrance Day, staff and clients in Afford sites across Australia remember those who suffered and sacrificed their lives during war and conflict to protect others.
Excerpt from For the fallen by Laurence Binyon:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.