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Fitting tribute honours ANZACS

Thursday, 23rd April, 2015

Broken Hill will have its own field of poppies for this weekend’s ANZAC ceremonies and a colourful banner to match. The tributes are the result of a dedicated team of volunteers who were determined to ensure our fallen soldiers receive a fitting tribute for the 100-year commemoration of the Gallipoli landing. Broken Hill will have its own field of poppies for this weekend’s ANZAC ceremonies and a colourful banner to match. The tributes are the result of a dedicated team of volunteers who were determined to ensure our fallen soldiers receive a fitting tribute for the 100-year commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.

Broken Hill will have a special little Flanders Fields all of its own during the weekend’s ANZAC ceremonies thanks to the hard work of Michelle Kemp and volunteers.

The group undertook a community project to knit thousands of poppies, and have created a huge banner and complementary ground cover to mark the 100 year commemoration of the ANZAC landings.

They also created 500 poppy pins which were sold to raise funds for the RSL, and worked with Pam’s Florist to create a wreath which will be placed at Gallipoli.

With all the items now completed, volunteer Peggy Evers said the community response to the project had been simply overwhelming.

“We put (the idea) out there and had so many volunteers, the poppies just kept coming in,” she said.

“We absolutely think it’s wonderful, we just want to thank everybody who put their bit in, it was really appreciated.”

The giant 3.5m x 2m banner was yesterday hoisted atop by the court house by council workers, while the ground cover will sit in the circular garden bed nearby.

 

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