We have a tradition in our family of doing something with the kids in the lead up to Anzac Day to give them more of a connection with the day. Although we live in a world where terrorism is in the news regularly, there is less mention of war. We certainly live a truly blessed life here in Australia, where our kids’ lives are not impacted directly by war. Long may that be the case. However, I think it is good for them to be reminded of the sacrifices of those in the armed forces, past and present.
I saw photos of the poppy display at Terrigal Skillion on Instgram and it looked spectacular so that’s where we headed.
THE POPPY PROJECT
The Poppy Project has been installed to commemorate the 100 Years of Anzac Centenary (2014-2018). Poppy Project: Never Forgetting the Sacrifices encourages the community to come together in memory off those who have gone before.
The poppy field forms a symbol of respect to show that the service and sacrifice provided by men and women of our nation, past and present, is remembered and appreciated.
More than 60,000 poppies form the display which spells out the word ANZAC.The poppies were distributed in kit form to schools, large community organisations and individuals who assembled them for display. One local, Falvie Boyton, assembled 2000 poppies! What a champion effort from one person.
The traffic moved at a slow pace through Terrigal allowing us time to appreciate the poppy display from the distance. It is quite spectacular with the ocean skirting either side of the skillion.
Being on a hill provides a spectacular display but it required a spectacular display of muscle to get BJ and his chair to the top. I thought we’d just go to the base of the poppies but Hubby decided to push on a bit further and once he got the chair half-way (he has now read this and declares it was three quarters of the way! Pardon my error Hubby!) I decided to give it a go and we got to the top.
The view from the top was worth the push. Looking at the poppies with the view of Terrigal Beach in the background almost made me forget how much my legs were aching. Must do more exercise!
This is not a wheelchair accessible venue which I feel conflicted about. There is no doubt that it provides a stunning place for the poppies but I feel many of the people wanting to see such a display would be those with limited mobility. Last year when we visited Poppy Park at Penrith there was matting down to make it easier for those with walking frames and wheelchairs. There were many older people there admiring the display who I am sure had a connection to the service men and women represented.
The good news is that because the Poppy Project is on a hill it can be admired from the comfort of a car driving by which is what many people were doing. It certainly made for a slow trip into the car park but I can certainly understand why this would be preferable for many.
We stayed for sunset which was stunning and enjoyed a take-away fish and chips from The Haven Beach Café which is on the waterfront.
You can read our other ideas for making Anzac Day meaningful for kids here in last year’s post.
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