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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – Poppies Redux

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Mass-produced poppies are major fundraisers for the British and Canadian Legions, who fervently guard registered trademarks. I much prefer hand-made commemorative poppies – knitted, crocheted, beaded or felted. These seem to be more popular in Australia and New Zealand, where online patterns abound. Look, for example, at the 5000 Poppies campaign in Australia. Amazing!

In honour of ANZAC Day on 25 April, here are some of the lovely hand-made poppies spotted in my travels. Clockwise, from top-left:

  • Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, France
  • Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, Authuille, France
  • Thiepval Memorial (Memorial to the Missing of the Somme), Authuille, France
  • Alexandra Park, Orangeville, Ontario
  • Pozières Memorial Park, near the Windmill site, Pozières, France
  • Australian National Memorial, Villers–Bretonneux, Fouilloy, France
  • Australian National Memorial, Villers–Bretonneux
  • Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

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