Anzac tribute blooms

FEDERATION Square will be transformed into a field of poppies on Anzac Day 2015 and Mildura is invited to “grow” its own for the occasion.

IN HONOUR: Mildura Library’s community engagement librarian Michael Hogan tends to the locally hand-crafted poppies which will be on display at Federation Square on Anzac Day 2015 as part of the 5000 Poppies Project.Picture: Clancy Shipsides

Organisers of the 5000 Poppies Project, which was started in May, aim to create a 5000-strong floral tribute of the red symbolic flowers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing during World War I.

What originally began as a plan to reach 5000 poppies is expected to reach about 50,000 poppies.

To date there have already been more than 25,000 crocheted, knitted and felted poppies collected that will be “planted” at Federation Square to honour the Australians who fought and fell in the war.

Libraries across Sunraysia are joining in the project, collecting the crafted red poppies that will create a stunning visual tribute.

Mildura community engagement librarian Michael Hogan said Mildura Library staff were excited to be supporting the event and would act as a collection point.

“We’ve had a number of poppies brought in already. Staff have also added some to our little display,” Mr Hogan said.

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