Poppy Project

RSLWA will be installing 62,000 handcrafted red poppies on the lawns of Kings Park.

Every Remembrance Day is important.

Each year, RSLWA and its Sub-Branches organise respectful commemorative events that promote the importance of acknowledging the 11th day in November within the community.

With the signing of the Armistice on that day at the 11th hour in the 11th month, the Great War (World War One) came to an end after more than four years of continuous warfare.

It seems almost disrespectful to put more importance on one Remembrance Day over another, as they are all important.

But in an effort to continually promote the acknowledgement of the sacrifices made within our community, it would be remiss of RSLWA to not plan something fitting for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018.

To acknowledge such an occasion, we are proud to announce RSLWA with its Poppy Ladies’ groups around WA, are working on a major commemorative project.

62,000 handcrafted red poppies will be placed on the lawns at Kings Park surrounding the State War Memorial.

This visual tribute will acknowledge the 61,513 lives that were lost in battle. According to the Australian War Memorial: “Australia’s population of fewer than five million people, saw more than 416,000 men enlist and ended with 61,513 being killed.”

The red poppy has particular significance for Australians.

Worn on Remembrance Day, poppies were among the first flowers to grow along the battlefields of northern France and Belgium during World War One, a region where Australian troops fought.

In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their fallen comrades which had soaked the ground.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced crafter, choose to make only one or hundreds of poppies, anyone can contribute to this history-making event in WA.

You can post your poppies into RSLWA State Branch – PO Box 3023, East Perth WA 6892 or drop your handcrafted creations off at your local RSL Sub-Branch.

To find your local RSL Sub-Branch click here.

Members of the Poppy Lady group.
French knitted stems are put over skewers and siliconed to poppies to prepare them for 'planting'.
Finished poppies ready for installation.