Installation of 10,000 poppies marks commemoration

Released 08/11/2018

An installation of 10,000 handmade poppies has been installed at the ACT Memorial in Civic as part of the commemorations signifying the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War on Remembrance Day this Sunday.

Part of the 5000 Poppies project that began in 2013, the installation will remain in the city until 19 November. The installation features poppies made by people across Australia and overseas.

“Remembrance Day is a very important day on our events calendar, providing an opportunity to honour our veterans and their families,” Minister Ramsay said

The Territory’s Armistice commemorations also features a series of local school bands and community band members playing at 12 sites across Canberra. They will honour the veterans who have served for our country and remember those who died or were wounded, sick or injured from their service to Australia in all wars and conflicts.

“I encourage Canberrans to visit this stunning poppy installation in Civic and attend one of the musical commemorations around Canberra. It’s important to take the time to reflect and think of our veterans and the enormous sacrifice they made for our country.”

Following the traditional minute’s silence at 11am, the bands will play from 11:01am to 11:45am at Belconnen Markets, Dickson’s restaurant precinct, Garema Place, Gungahlin Town Centre, Haig Park, Lanyon Marketplace, National Arboretum Canberra, Old Bus Depot Markets, Tuggeranong Town Park, University of Canberra Hospital, Woden Square and Yerrabi Pond.

Bands include Amaroo School, Canberra City Band, Canberra Grammar School, Daramalan College, Ginninderra Wind Orchestra, In Full Swing, Music for Canberra, Radford College, Traxion Jazz, Tuggeranong Valley Band, Weston Winds and the Young Music Society Concert Band.

The commemorations are in addition to the National Remembrance Day Ceremony being held at the Australian War Memorial, giving Canberrans more opportunities to commemorate the significant day.

For the full list of locations and bands visit the Events ACT website

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