Red Anzac poppies adorn Bega Valley libraries

MEMBERS of the community have been making red poppies out of wool to hang up in the Bega Valley libraries for Anzac Day.

Poppies are a symbol for both those lost in war and hope for those remaining.

Librarian Linda Albertson hangs up one of the red poppies in the Bega Library.

Librarian Linda Albertson hangs up one of the red poppies in the Bega Library.

The 5000 Poppies Project is about commemorating the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia entered WW1.

The project aims to put 5000 of these home-made poppies in Federation Square, Melbourne as a tribute to Australians lost in wars throughout the last century.

Poppies can be knitted, crocheted, or people can make them with felt or by sewing, according to local library historian Linda Albertson.

“We thought it would be nice of us to do something for Anzac Day,” Ms Albertson said on why the poppies are on display.

“The poppies are on display at every library in the shire.”

Council staff, library staff, the Salvation Army as well as others have contributed by making the poppies on display.

Patterns to make your own poppy to add to the collection are available at the libraries, free of charge.

“I’d like to thank the groups who got on board with it and helped make the display such a lovely tribute,” Ms Albertson said.

The poppies will be on for another week in the local libraries, after which they shall be held until Anzac Day 2015.

If people wish to continue making poppies they can drop them off at the Bega library throughout the year to be held until Anzac Day next year.