As most residents will be aware the Grenfell Garden Club is currently undertaking a large-scale celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day for World War 1, a historic event which occurred on November 11, 1918. The celebration is themed around the Flanders Poppy, a plant with a deep red flower which grows wild on many of the battle fields of France and Belgium and has become symbolic of the war as a representation of the blood that was spilled.
A highlight of the project will be a Poppy Art Exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery which will be officially opened at 6pm on October 16 by ABC Radio’s Ian McNamara, known nation-wide as Macca from his weekend programme “Australia All Over.”
The response from Grenfell and district has been overwhelming, with many local residents cheerfully volunteering to participate in the widespread range of activities:
*Flanders Poppy seeds have been planted in public areas and many private gardens in Grenfell and the villages.
*Plantings have been carried out at schools in Grenfell, Caragabal, Greenethorpe and Quandialla.
*Memorial displays are being prepared for the Main Street roundabouts and Rygate Square.
*Window displays are being prepared for Grenfell businesses and shopfronts.
*Over 2,500 hand-made poppies have been cut out, sewn or crocheted.
The first of the Poppies are now beginning to flower at some locations. There is no doubt the town will be an attractive sight as they appear in their thousands over the coming weeks, with many visitors expected to town to view the floral spectacle.
The purpose of this project is to remember the sacrifices and achievements of all the brave service men and women during WW1. The Grenfell Garden Club is pleased to be contributing to this historic occasion.