Honouring our Fallen this Remembrance Day

In early September the Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum put a call out to fibre artists from across the North West to help us honour those soldiers from the region Killed in Action during the First World War.

Following in the footsteps of the Australian War Memorials 62,000 Poppies Display, the Burnie Regional Museum asked for poppies to be knitted or crotched in honour of the boys.

The poppies will be installed on the grassed area between the Burnie Regional Museum and the Burnie Arts & Function Centre from sunrise on November 11, 2018. The poppies will remain on display for the following week (weather permitting).

Each poppy symbolises one of the 94 soldiers Killed in Action as listed on our Cenotaph in Burnie Park.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steven Kons said “the museum has been overwhelmed by the community response, having now received more than 200 poppies for the project; each poppy is unique, much like the stories and personalities of those boys from the community who lost their lives to the cause of the Great War.”

I would like to encourage Burnie residents to come along on the day, pay their respects and read the tags attached to some of the poppies which will include the name of each soldier we’re honouring.”

In conjunction with the Poppy Project, the museum invites the community to wander through its current exhibition 100 Years: 100 Objects – Finally the War is Over. This exhibition explores the stories of our region during WWI and marks the end of the commemoration period.

The Burnie Arts & Function Centre will also be hosting a performance of The Armed Man by the Cradle Coast Orchestra, Hellyer Community Choir, Don Chorale and the Evandale Village Singers which is a tribute to commemorate the centenary of Armistice.

Burnie Regional Museum
Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 1.30pm-4pm
Sunday 11 November 12pm-4pm
03 6430 5746
Instagram & Facebook @BurnieRegionalMuseum
www.burnieregionalmuseum.net

The Armed Man
2pm
Sunday 11 November 2018
Town Hall, Burnie Arts and Function Centre
Tickets available at the venue or online: www.burniearts.net/Whats-On/Performances/The-Armed-Man
Adults $20, Concession/ FT Student/ Child $15
(03) 6430 5850

62,000 Poppies Display, AWM
www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/armistice/62000-Poppies-Display

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net