REMEMBRANCE: Ulladulla’s Heather Baker busy making Anzac Day poppies after already distributing 400 crocheted flowers at the Milton Show.As a child, Heather Baker attended every Anzac service with her father and she is working hard towards making this year’s centenary commemoration one to remember.
A member of the Milton Show Society, Mrs Baker single handedly made more than 400 remembrance poppy buttons for showgirls, stewards and school children to wear during the show’s grand parade.
She has also been crocheting poppies for the Milton River of Remembrance and for her family and friends to wear during the local Anzac Day services.
Mrs Baker’s uncle fought in France in World War I and her father, Reverend Norman Symes, was a World War II Navy chaplain, so the day of remembrance holds a special place in her heart.
“I went to every Anzac service from when Iwas a baby,” she said.
“As I got older, dad would take me to the dawn service every year.
“It’s something I grew up with.”
Mr Baker said, while her father rarely spoke about the war, he did talk about riding on the landing boats with his men, when they would often say: ‘Do you think they’ll remember us padre?’.
“Anzac Day holds a special place in my heart because of my father and the poppies represent the blood of those killed in war,” she added.
She is encouraging people to wear her poppies distributed during the Milton show.
Mrs Baker will attend the dawn service, as well as the Milton march on April 25 where she will lay a wreath in memory of her father.
In the meantime, she is busy crocheting her poppies which she will hand out to loved ones.
This year’s dawn service will be held on the lawns in front of the Ulladulla ExServos Club, with work underway on a new memorial, while the Milton March will be held at 10.30am as veterans, local community groups and school children walk from Church Street, along the Princes Highway to the cenotaph for an 11am service.
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