Tomorrow, Sunday 11th of November marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I (1914-1918) on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
|State War Monument surrounded by poppies. the square plaques with names are for soldiers who received the Victoria Cross|
At 1 minute before 11, almost 180 volunteer buglers stationed in various parts of the city will play the "Last Post". About 40% of these players are school kids, with the youngest player being 7 years old and the eldest is 90. About 6000 people are expected to attend the service.
After the service the RSLWA (Returned and Services League of Western Australia) encourage veterans and families to attend the Centenary of Armistice picnic at Government House Gardens from 12 to 3pm.
The reason for my visit to Kings Park today was to avoid to crowds tomorrow and see the splash of red poppies, knitted by thousands of volunteers for the Poppy Project - 61,513 different poppies representing the Australians killed in the 51 months that WW1 lasted.
Each handmade poppy took about 2 hours to knit by the "Poppy Ladies" and they worked on this project for about 18 months.
They've done a wonderful work!
|Over 60000 hand knitted poppies|
|One of the Poppy ladies chatted to some people about the project|
And why are poppies the symbol of Remembrance day? It's said that a friend of Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae was killed at the Battle of Ypres in Belgium. He then wrote this poem that he called "In Flanders Fields".