Ledy Rowe wears the first poppy she ever made on a lapel on her jacket, keeping it close to her heart. For her, the poppies are particularly special.
“It just encapsulates how we need to remember these names,” she said. “The names of people who haven’t been spoken for 100 years.”
The former army officer is one of more than 50,000 volunteers from around the world who have been lovingly knitting and crocheting poppies to commemorate the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War as part of the 5,000 Poppies project.
The project started as a small personal tribute by co-founders Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight to their fathers’ service during the Second World War and soon became a world-wide community project culminating in a moving display of 62,000 poppies at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day 2018.
More than 4,000 square metres of Memorial grounds have been transformed into a field of red with each handcrafted poppy symbolising an Australian life lost during the First World War.