Poppies at Penneshaw for Remembrance Day

Across Australia people have hand knitted and crocheted poppies for November 11, 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

About 62,000 of them have been used at the Australian War Memorial at Canberra, one for each person who gave their life.

One of the people involved in creating these poppies was Valerie Harrold, who has a home in Penneshaw.

With so many poppies still arriving that were surplus to requirements, Valerie thought we could use them here on Kangaroo Island

She approached the Penneshaw CWA to assist with attaching them to stakes, and then “planting” them at the Penneshaw War Memorial.

“Photos just don't do justice to how awesome it looks,” Penneshaw CWA president Kathy Green said. “The purple poppies are for the horses that were killed and the odd white ones for peace.”

Poppies are also being used in both Kingscote and Parndana. 

The Penneshaw Progress Association also has a fantastic display and tribute to local soldiers on at the Penneshaw Town Hall.

At 10am on Friday, November 9 there will be a tour of Tiger Simpson’s cairn near YMCA Corner on Hog Bay Road.

Remembrance Day services on Kangaroo Island on Sunday includes the Penneshaw School Annual Remembrance Service at the Penneshaw War Memorial on North Terrace at 10.45am.

The Kingscote service starts at 10.30am at Memorial Park on Kingscote Terrace, followed by the dedication of WWII pavers at the entrance to Soldiers Memorial Park, Centenary Avenue at 11.30am.

The Shep “Images of War” exhibition in partnership with the Kangaroo Island RSL opens at the Kingscote Town Hall at 12.15pm, followed by a light lunch.