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A variety of events to remember the battles near Flanders
Recently you may have seen on television the remarkable effort of two Australian women who organised many thousands of crocheted poppies which blanketed part of the grounds at the Chelsea Flower Show In London. This was one of many events this year to mark the World War One events of the Western Front in France, which occurred from the year after the Gallipoli landing.

Flanders Fields Poppy Trail Adelaide
SA soldiers who fought in the Great War. Image by Out and About taken at Malalla Museum.

Here in Adelaide our own events are under way to commemorate this 100 year anniversary, in particular to acknowledge the allied forces of Australia, Belgium and France at the battles on the Western Front. The Flanders Fields Poppy Trail is not a walking trail as such, but a variety of events from now until the end of August. Events will include talks, exhibitions, films and special concerts. All the events are free except the concerts, which are at very reasonable prices. Concert tickets are available on eventbrite.

Flanders Fields Poppy Trail Adelaide
Event brochures tied with crocheted poppies have been placed around city public areas to advertise the event. Image by Out and About.

We use the symbol of the poppy to remember the fallen soldiers of the Great War, because the battle grounds near the town of Flanders was full of red poppies. After the bloody battles, when the Spring came, the field sprung up with bright red Flanders poppies.

Flanders Fields Poppy Trail Adelaide
These event pavement stickers as seen on city public areas. Image by Out and About.

The Flanders Fields" is a famous poem written by a surgeon John McCrae who witnessed these events of war and wrote the poem when he was there in France. The first parts of the poem are shown on the brochure for the poppy trail event.

You can listen to the Flanders Fields poem here.

The program of events includes exhibitions at the SA Art Gallery, Barr Smith Library, Keswick Barracks and the SA Museum. There are a number of lectures on the Great War and Art Lab will be offering a session on conserving war mementos. Very useful information for family or small museum members.

Flanders Fields Poppy Trail Adelaide
Pick up one of these brochures at the State Library or the Visitor Centre. Image by Out and About.

In conjunction with the Alliance Francaise Film Festival, one film and some documentaries will be screened at both day and evening time slots. These are all on the topic of or set in the era of World War One.

There is ample time to get out to see something of this event, and create your own poppy field trail around the city.

Flanders Fields Poppy Trail Adelaide
Adelaide War Memorial on North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. Image by Out and About.
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Why? Because we will never forget.
When: early June to end of August 2016
Where: Various venues, in city locations.
Cost: All events are free, apart from the concerts.
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