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Monday, April 28, 2014

Where Poppies Grow in April

April is a particularly poignant month for the families of New Zealand and Australian service members as Anzac Day, a solemn national day of remembrance, is marked each year on April 25.
The block for this month had a variety of ways to color it. In some methods you get the impression of a layered look with the outer triangles peeled back. I ended up making mine with the center cross dominating given the significance of the month of April.

For Grandpop  April had a number of important happenings in his service history. On April 12, 1915 his unit embarked for the Dardanelles. On April 28, 1916 he entered the NZ Convalescent Depot in Codford, Essex, England. In April, 1917 he was admitted to the No. 7 General Hospital in St Omer (near the French town of Calais). And lastly, he disembarked from the troop ship SS Corinthic at the New Zealand port of Lyttelton on April 22 in 1919 at the end of his overseas service.
My extra photo this time represents three generations of my family - there is a poppy on the left for my Grandpop, 1st Battalion Otago Infantry Regiment, one poppy for my Dad, 36th Battalion and then from my generation, the block I made and the contribution of the ribbon for the 2014 Anzac Day commemoration produced by the Te Awamutu RSA from my sister who lives in Te Awamutu.

Anzac Day - Lest We Forget.


Cheryl Kotecki said...

I do like your value selections for this block, which I thought was a bit odd in the desigher's version, though it seemed less so when the applique surrounded it. Your final photo is most appropriate - the brilliant poppies and ribbon tell the story beautifully.

pinkdeenster said...

I agree with Cheryl. This, to me, is quite touching along with your story.