Port Stephens Students join together to create 100 poppies for 100 years of Remembrance

Indigenous Wirreanda students Lola and Klyce, who participated in the making of the poppies, with grandparents who assisted with the project, Aboriginal grandmother Jocelyn Archer and Torres Strait Islander Grandmother Del Shipway.
Indigenous Wirreanda students Lola and Klyce, who participated in the making of the poppies, with grandparents who assisted with the project, Aboriginal grandmother Jocelyn Archer and Torres Strait Islander Grandmother Del Shipway.

 

REMEMBRANCE Day, Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

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MarketPlace Raymond Terrace, along with local Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Schools, wanted to show a mark of respect on this special day to not only our fallen but to families of the loved ones and the community.

Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz from MarketPlace told News Of The Area, “This year being such a special year, marking 100 years, we wanted this to reflect in a special way with our younger generation showing a mark of respect and telling stories of our fallen and what Remembrance means.”

It is with this that school students across Raymond Terrace, Medowie, Salt Ash and Karuah, along with teachers and people within the community, come together to decorate and tell stories on 100 poppies.

Each participating school completed ten poppies each, telling stories of war, survival, sacrifice and remembrance.

The one hundred poppies will be placed around the sportsground next to MarketPlace on Sunday November 11, marking this special day and coinciding with the annual Christmas festival hoster by the centre.

Lue Fagan from Irrawang High School, told News Of The Area, “Each school was privileged to be a part of the MarketPlace poppy initiative, because of the significance of the day the Christmas parade falls on – Remembrance day.”

“Lots of thought went into the decorating each of the 100 poppies, which gave students the opportunity to acknowledge, in some cases their relatives, the significance of what had happened to our veterans.”

The annual ‘Santa’s Arrival’ festival taking place at the sportsground from 10am on the same day, will ask the community to pause at 11am for a short service and a one minute silence as we remember the fallen.

Remembrance Day is a day for the community to pause and reflect on what these men and women sacrificed for our safety.

It is vital we use days like this to show the younger generation how important it is to reflect, and to never forget what has been before us, and how it impacts on the lives we live today.

Remember on this day when you are out and about, to say thank you to our service men and women for the duties they carried out, for their country, and for our freedom.

MarketPlace has invited Legacy to be part of the event this year, with all funds raised from the event going directly to Legacy to assist them to continue the amazing work they do helping our returned servicemen and women, and their families.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

Wirreanda Public School.
Wirreanda Public School.

 

Irrawang Public School.
Irrawang Public School.

 

Medowie Public School.
Medowie Public School.

 

Seaham Public School.
Seaham Public School.

 

Salt Ash Public School.
Salt Ash Public School.

 

Irrawang High School.
Irrawang High School.

 

Karuah Public School.
Karuah Public School.

 

Hunter River High School.
Hunter River High School.

 

Grahamstown Public School.
Grahamstown Public School.

 

Raymond Terrace Public School.
Raymond Terrace Public School.

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