Members of Casino RSL sub-branch are Darryl Clifford, Owen Newell, president Jim Dean and Wayne Nowland.
Members of Casino RSL sub-branch are Darryl Clifford, Owen Newell, president Jim Dean and Wayne Nowland. Samantha Elley

Poppies laid in The Harmony Garden

IT WAS a small group of hospital staff, interested parties and members of the Casino RSL Sub-branch who gathered at The Harmony Garden at Casino Memorial Hospital last week.

Wreaths decorated with handmade poppies were laid in memory of our war dead by representatives of the hospital, the nursing staff, the ladies auxiliary and the sub-branch. A moment's silence and The Last Post concluded the small ceremony.

Organiser Shirley Roach said her neighbours Kathy and Col Clarke were responsible for the handmade poppies as well as the cross used by the hospital to lay among the wreaths.

NEVER FORGET: Organiser Shirley Roach with  Kathy and Col Clarke who made poppies and the cross.
NEVER FORGET: Organiser Shirley Roach with Kathy and Col Clarke who made poppies and the cross. Samantha Elley

Sub-branch president Jim Dean said while poppies were not sold in the lead up to Remembrance Day this year, they were still available.

"They are giving poppies free to the crowd,” he said.

Mr Dean said Casino NSW RSL head office sent out 300-400 poppies that were distributed on Remembrance Day.

Remembrance gathering at Casino Memorial Hospital.
Remembrance gathering at Casino Memorial Hospital. Samantha Elley

History of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 in most countries to remember the end of World War I in 1918.

The official ending was at "the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12am and 5:20am that morning.

The red poppy is a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day

due to the poem In

Flanders Fields written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

After reading the poem, Moina Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, wrote the poem We Shall Remember and swore to wear a red poppy on the anniversary.

The custom spread to Europe and the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth within three years.

Reference: Wikipedia



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