THE Old Bar Poppy Project has exceeded the expectations of the organisers.
Not only did the people of Old Bar pitch in, but help has come from outside the area, such as Cundletown and Wingham.
Whilst the primary objective of the poppy project always has been to make garlands to adorn the base of the two local Old Bar cenotaphs, poppies have been/will be displayed at the following community events:
o A special meeting at Banyula Retirement Village in late March.
o Anzac Sunday service at St John's Anglican Church, Taree on April 12 followed by the dedication of the Lone Pine tree.
o Anzac Sunday service next Sunday, April 19, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hall Street, Old Bar.
o Barwalla Anzac Day Commemoration next Monday, April 20 at the Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall.
o Old Bar Primary School Anzac Day Commemoration Thursday, April 23
o Saturday, April 25 at both Old Bar cenotaph/memorials.
The community response has been absolutely overwhelming and organisers are so glad that the poppies are able to be on display at so many community events. It is a wonderful way for the general community to be able to express their thanks and appreciation to both those who have served and those who are currently serving our precious country.
There are so many people to thank, many of whom we have no idea of their identity.
The community has just embraced this project. This just goes to show what a small community can do.
Special thanks must go to Cindy and her team from Wingham who have taken on much of the laborious task of sewing the poppies on to tape to create the garlands. She read about the project in the local paper and rang to offer her help. She has been a true angel.
The poppies will be displayed, irrespective of the weather. If we remember those who fought in any war, but particularly at Gallipoli and on the western front, they endured all weather conditions and were frequently knee-deep in mud.