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The 5,000 Poppies Project

Many hands and crochet hooks are responsible for this stunning display.

The 5000 Poppies Project began as a personal tribute by two daughters to their fathers, who fought in the Second World War. The tribute has grown into a powerful community art project. There have been more than 50,000 contributors and more than 300,000 individual poppies.

The 5000 Poppies Project became a massive community activity with contributors from all different walks of life. The poppies placed here have been around the world and admired by many. They have bloomed in London, France and Belgium. Locally they have been on display in Canberra at the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House.

In 2017 the Shrine displayed the poppies as a carpet along the Second World War Memorial Forecourt, and in 2018 they were arranged to spell out the words of the Ode of Remembrance. Recently ‘A Nation Weeps’ was installed as a beautifully draped curtain in our Visitor Centre. 

Made by many thousands of loving hands, the 5000 Poppies Project is remembrance in action.

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