The community of Palmwoods and surrounds are invited to gather for the official unveiling of the Palmwoods Memorial Hall Flanders Fields Stained-Glass Window. Preceding the unveiling local school children will participate in a Poppy Parade to honour the memory of WW1 and WW2 service persons. This will be followed by the Remembrance Day Ceremony led by Palmwoods Rsl Sub Branch.
The event will include light refreshments from Willow & Squirrel, music performed by Sunshine Brass band and a war-time sing-a-long led by Palmwoods Singers Theatrical Society.
This is a FREE community event supported by grant funding awarded through Queensland Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service Program.
In Flanders Fields to be immortalised in stained glass window at Palmwoods Memorial Hall
Palmwoods Memorial Hall Association Inc has commissioned a stained glass memorial window inspired by the famous John McRae poem In Flanders Fields to commemorate the Armistice Centenary.
The Queensland Anzac Centenary project Memorial Window is being created by artist Robin Seville and will be unveiled at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall at 10am on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, during the Palmwoods Welcome Home Parade.
Palmwoods Memorial Hall Association spokesperson Marjorie Murray says the stained glass window will be a striking and symbolic commemorative installation for the Palmwoods community.
“John McRae’s poem In Flanders Fields is one of the most poignant poems written during the First World War and, alongside the red poppy, has become a symbol of the Anzac spirit and our military history,” Ms Murray said.
“Our memorial window design features an excerpt of the poem and draws on the symbology of ‘Flanders Fields’, coupling red poppies with a backdrop of rolling hills and a colourful sky.
“The memorial window represents our town’s commitment to preserving our local Anzac legacy.”
Robyn Seville drew on her acclaimed architectural design skills to reverently recreate the Flanders Fields scene, drawing inspiration from the land’s actual topography.
Overlooking the new town square, the foyer window will measure approximately 12.5 square metres and will be double-glazed.
Ms Murray says all members of the Sunshine Coast community are invited to attend the Palmwoods Welcome Home Parade and dedication of the new memorial window.
“Our inaugural ‘Poppy Parade’ involves local school children carrying handmade ceramic poppy tributes to servicemen and women represented on the Palmwoods honour boards,” Ms Murray said.
“This deeply moving commemorative event will be followed by the dedication of our new memorial window and we invite all members of our community to attend.”
The design and construction of the window was made possible with $19,500 of funding provided by the Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program.
The Queensland Government is proud to support this Anzac Centenary project which commemorates the role played by Queenslanders in Australia’s military history.
To stay informed of upcoming Anzac Centenary projects and special Remembrance Day events near you, visit www.qld.gov.au/anzac100 or like the facebook.com.au/AnzacCentenaryQld page.
Welcome Home Parade, Unveiling the Stained Glass Memorial Window
10am to 2pm
Sunday 11 November 2018
Palmwoods Memorial Hall
Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Palmwoods
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