FITTING TRIBUTE: Poppies made by Charleville locals are a part of the striking art installation for Remembrance Day.
FITTING TRIBUTE: Poppies made by Charleville locals are a part of the striking art installation for Remembrance Day. MICHAEL GREVES

Charleville's poppies in the bigger picture

AT CHARLEVILLE'S Big Birthday Bash parade earlier this year, plenty of locals stopped to craft a paper poppy or two.

Now they have become part of the big picture, or rather, a large sculpture honouring the Armistice centenary.

Charleville was one of many towns involved in creating 57,705 paper poppies - one for each Queensland soldier who enlisted in World War I.

Most were made at community events like Charleville's Big Birthday Bash, the Ekka in Brisbane, and of course the Birdsville Races.

Others ordered a poppy-making kit online so they could contribute from places where community events didn't host a 'big R' to fill with the paper flowers.

While the completed memorial won't be coming to Charleville before Remembrance Day, the flowers made by crafty locals will travel a long way.

The installation has just been to Townsville and will move on to Mackay, Longreach and Bundaberg before finally arriving in Brisbane.


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