IMG_6491My daughter and I recently visited the Australian War Memorial. To my mind it is one of Australia’s leading interpretative museums. Its displays are evocative, thoughtful, educative and engaging. It is a place of tremendous beauty and sadness. We will definitely visit again and again and again.

On November 11, our country (and other commonwealth nations) will stop for two minutes to remember, respect and honour those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. November 11 is the chosen date as it marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).  On this day it is now commonplace to buy and wear a red poppy.

Since 1920, the red poppy has been used as a symbol of commemoration to soldiers who have fallen in times of war. During the First World War, poppies were among the first plants to bloom on the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. According to soldier folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Poppies grew in profusion over the earth which had become the grave to thousands of soldiers, making them an appropriate symbol to represent the sacrifice of life and the bloodshed of trench warfare.images-22

The buying and wearing of a poppy is now a widely accepted symbol of remembrance. Poppies were first sold in Australia in 1921 and continue to be sold by the RSL (Returned Services League) in the lead up to 11th of November each year.  They use the money raised to continue to provide valuable welfare for soldiers and their families.  Usually sold by school children on street corners throughout Australia, they start at just $2. I urge you to buy one and remember…

You can also make donations via the official Poppy Appeal page.

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Until next time….

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  1. SK says:

    Nov 7, 2013


    Can I ‘point’ you to this site from a quilter (who I have no connection with at all) an absolutely amazing quilt of the war memorial which I saw at the Sydney Quilt Show in June 2013.

    It’s so good to know that these brave soldiers will never be forgotten. Tributes like these will perpetuate their memory.

  2. Lucy Carroll says:

    Nov 7, 2013


    Thanks for this post it really sums up the importance of remembrance day! Thanks for pointing out my quilt SK, I made it to raise awareness for Soldier On, a charity that provides support for service people wounded physically or psychologically in recent conflicts. You can find more about them on their website
    Love your blog!

    • Caro&Co says:

      Nov 8, 2013


      Thanks Lucy. x

  3. Renee | About a Bugg says:

    Nov 8, 2013


    We’ve taked Poss twice now to the War Memorial – and I would highly recommend it. There’s nothing quite as awe inspiring as looking at all those names on the wall…

    Great post Caro xx

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