Saturday, April 25, 2015

Commemorating Anzac Day

Anzac Day is when we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history. Today marks a milestone in this history - the centenary of the Gallipoli landing by the ANZAC's on the 25th April 1915.  The centenary of World War is of special significance for all Australians - it remains our mostly costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties and its effects touched the lives of nearly every Australian family and community....mine included - my Grandfather at just 17 years of age served on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Anzac Day always brings back memories of marching with him on as a young child.

This year I have been touched by the 5000 Poppy Project a heartfelt project that invited crafters across Australia to participate in a tribute of respect and remembrance. The aim of the project was to create a massive field of handmade poppies to display as a visual tribute in Federation Square, Melbourne... and oh my goodness what an amazing and emotionally moving sight it is. 

The poppy is a symbol of commemoration tied to the history of the Armistice of 11th November 1918. During World War 1 red poppies were among the first plants to grow in the devastated battlefields of France and Belgium. Poppies have also become synonymous with the Australian War Memorial and was adopted as the symbol for all the centenary celebrations. My daughter has had an ANZAC focus in her classroom this week and her little Grade 1/2 class have been very engrossed in her lessons. They even made their own paper poppies to add to a wreath they laid at their schools Anzac service. She also shared the story of her great grandfather and encouraged the children to do the same. Sharing real stories about their relatives has helped them connect with what they had been learning this week, making it a much more authentic learning experience.

The poppy making continued at home with a little card creation that I made, colouring in an image from the Wavy Blooms stamp set using ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. I kept the card simple and respectfully classic in design, adding only a strip of random stamping ( partially stamped using a 2nd generation stamping technique ) and a few touches of gold in way of embellishent. The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto White Daisy Cardstock 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

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