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Monday, April 25, 2016

Today 25 April is Anzac Day

Sculptor Gary Grant conceived and created this larger-than-life poppy sculpture in commemoration of our nation's history.

Made of fabricated steel, it's on display at The Rocks today and later in the year it will return for Remembrance Day on 11 November.

The poppy is a symbol of ANZAC remembrance to show we have not forgotten the sacrifices of those who fought in the Great War.

If you are passing the sculpture today, you may be lucky enough to receive one of the 4,000 free vials containing sands from the shoreline at Albany (the last point where our soldiers left Australian soil before embarking on their troop ships to Gallipoli) and a pine needle from a tree whose ancestor was the original Lone Pine.  The vials, which lie within the flower head, will be signed and authenticated by the sculptor.

Another view of the sculpture