On Thursday 8 November 2018 Campbell Primary School held a beautiful Remembrance Day assembly. The students were extremely well behaved and respectful. Thank you to Mrs Roslyn Walker, grandmother of two of our students who attended and made a beautiful poppy wreath to commemorate the 100 year Remembrance Day.
Mrs Walker is a part of the RSLWA Poppy Ladies’ group that has handcrafted 62,000 red poppies that will be placed on the lawns at Kings Park surrounding the State War Memorial.]tribute will acknowledge the 61,513 lives that were lost in battle. According to the Australian War Memorial: “Australia’s population of fewer than five million people saw more than 416,000 men enlist and ended with 61,513 being killed.”
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day not only due to the poem “In Flanders Fields” but also because these poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders (Northern France and Belgium) in World War 1; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
Commemorating Commonwealth war dead with a one minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month as that marks the time (in the UK) when the armistice became effective 100 years ago.
This year at Campbell Primary School the animals that assisted soldiers or died during conflict were highlighted in a display set up in the Information Centre. To commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, the Australian War Memorial Organisation has issued a purple poppy.
Poppies from Year 2 LA24