Red Deer Church honors veterans with thousands of poppies

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About 9,000 poppies fall from the steeple of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in remembrance of fallen Canadian soldiers.

Knitted or crocheted red poppies, approximately 10cm in diameter, are tied to netting to create a monumental and poignant salute to those who served.

Parishioners started the project earlier this year after receiving support from the national office of the Royal Canadian Legion and asked friends and acquaintances to help them make poppies.

“We have people from northern Alberta, Calgary and surrounding areas, all of whom have understood thanks to the parishioners,” said one of the project’s organizers, Debb Mann.

“Some people made 100, and some only made five, so we have a lot of different craftsmen.”

Mann said the poppies are made from yarn because the wool would shrink and bleed if it got wet. After people brought in their handmade poppies, parishioners tied them to two layers of netting for extra support. The net was hung last weekend from the north and west sides of the church tower.

“They withstood the first snowstorm, which really surprised me,” Mann said.

Led by two parishioners, this eye-catching exhibit aims to draw attention to efforts to support Canada’s veterans.

Poppies also adorn plaques dedicated to veterans inside the church.

Mann said people who don’t drive south through downtown might not realize the church is decorated with red flowers. But there is still time to see the display which is due to come down after Remembrance Day.

Several bins will be used to store all the poppies.

“It was a lot of hard work on the part of the parishioners, men and women. It was truly a community effort.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church is located at 4929 54th St.


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A few thousand crocheted and knitted poppies adorn St. Luke’s Anglican Church in honor of veterans and the approach of Remembrance Day. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Staff Counsel)

A few thousand crocheted and knitted poppies adorn St. Luke's Anglican Church in honor of veterans and the approach of Remembrance Day.  (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Staff Counsel)

A few thousand crocheted and knitted poppies adorn St. Luke’s Anglican Church in honor of veterans and the approach of Remembrance Day. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Staff Counsel)

A few thousand crocheted and knitted poppies adorn St. Luke's Anglican Church in honor of veterans and the approach of Remembrance Day.  (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Staff Counsel)

A few thousand crocheted and knitted poppies adorn St. Luke’s Anglican Church in honor of veterans and the approach of Remembrance Day. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Staff Counsel)

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