Anzac Day paper poppies to go on display

Parkes Shire Council's tourism trainee, Claire Bignell with the handmade paper poppies that will go on display at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.

Parkes Shire Council's tourism trainee, Claire Bignell with the handmade paper poppies that will go on display at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.

Parkes Shire residents are invited to commemorate the sacrifice and service of Anzac veterans by personalising a poppy to go on display at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre (VIC).

In the lead up to Anzac Day on April 25, locals and visitors are invited to pick up a free handmade paper poppy from the VIC and write a message of commemoration on the back.

“The idea stems from the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour, where thousands of red poppies adorn the tribute walls, each commemorating a fallen soldier,” Parkes Shire Council's tourism leader Jaimee Timmins said.

“The Flanders red poppies have long been part of Anzac Day observances and are now considered an emblem of remembrance.”

During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium.

In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red poppy symbolises the sacrifice of shed blood, and has since become a symbol of remembrance.

Poppies are often worn on solemn occasions when people remember the soldiers who fought and gave their lives for their freedom.

"The paper poppies are a perfect way for locals and visitors to the Parkes Shire to pay tribute to those who have served, or who currently serve in our defence force," Jaimee said.

The poppies will go on display at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre from Wednesday, April 19 until Anzac Day.