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Sydney remembers Australia's fallen with a field of flowers
For the next five weeks, at Judges Park in Penrith, visitors will find 102,000 poppies planted in the shape of one big poppy. This poppy park aims to remember Australia's fallen soldiers and each individual poppy represents someone who died serving our country. The event opened on Saturday March 21 and will run until Wednesday April 29.
On days like ANZAC Day, Australians remember the wars and the collective sacrifice of Australia's soldiers, but this event aims to be all about the individuals, who may be forgotten over time. Each poppy has the name of one of the fallen soldiers on its stem (these are not real poppies).
An artist impression of the complete poppy, which is over 2000sqm in size
To ensure all of the soldiers, sailors and airmen do get remembered, each of the poppies is for sale and it is hoped that each one will be purchased by an individual or organisation, who will keep it as a lasting memento and appreciate the sacrifice their individual made for them. The poppies will be boxed up and sent out after the Poppy Park closes, with all of them expected to be sent by May.
The best way to purchase a poppy is by doing it online, which can be done here. They start at $17.90 for a single poppy (a large part of this cost is postage). You can also get them in packs of four or ten, or in corporate and school packs (postage is free for the larger purchases). The money raised will go to Penrith RSL Sub Branch and Nepean Legacy, who support Australia's service men, women and their families.
This poppy park follows a number of others that have been used to commemorate WWI around the world. Last year at the Tower of London an expanding poppy installation was used to commemorate the start of the war. This year in Melbourne there will be 5000 Poppies on display for ANZAC Day.
Installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London Image courtesy of Martinvl / Wikimedia Commons