Across the Tasman District fallen soldiers are remembered through the naming of streets and buildings, by the planting of trees, and through erecting individual monuments. For the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day on Sunday, November 11, the Tasman District Council will install street signs acknowledging the service of fallen World War veterans from Richmond. The Richmond-Waimea Returned and Services Association approached the Council about taking part in the Poppy Places project by adding poppies to street signs named after the fallen soldiers. Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the Council was proud to be part of the project.
“The poppy is an instantly recognisable symbol that will ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten.”
Richmond-Waimea RSA president Ross Norgate says he was aware of the history of the street names. “But over time the memory of who our streets were named for fades, and adding the poppy is a powerful way to flag the significance of these places for future generations.”
The Poppy Places Trust believes there are perhaps 3000 places which, if left to history, may disappear from our collective consciousness. Its aim is to provide a “place” where these stories can be captured and forever stored.