The Tatura RSL Sub Branch members are looking forward to unveiling a new plaque in honour of World War I soldiers at the Remembrance Day service at the Robert Mactier Memorial Gardens on Saturday.
The plaque, that has been well researched during the past year, has the names of those soldiers from the Tatura district who fought in World War I and never returned.
Another feature of this year’s service will be a blanket of close to 4000 hand-knitted poppies, contributed by people from across the Goulburn Valley region, that will be draped over the memorial for the ceremony.
Tatura RSL committee member Vince Vincitorio said, on behalf of the RSL, he would like to personally thank everybody who took the time to knit a poppy for the project that exceeded their expectations.
‘‘We started asking the community to be involved about six to seven months ago and there has been a great response, originally we hoped for 2000, we reached that goal and then it became 2500, 3000 and it just kept growing,’’ Mr Vincitorio said.
‘‘We would love to mention everyone’s names who took part, but there are so many.
‘‘I know of a 90-year-old lady who drove down the Midland Hwy to deliver some poppies, she had created, in person.’’
Mr Vincitorio said they received poppies from organisations and individuals from Echuca, Murchison, Shepparton, Kyabram, Rushworth, Colbinabbin and many other towns.
He said he would like to thank Spotlight, Lincraft and Mary Venuto for the wool donations.