A blanket made of over 500 knitted and crocheted poppies has been draped across the cenotaph in Niverville.

Shirley Hoult, a Niverville resident of almost 50 years, was the lead on creating the poppy blanket.

Her father was a veteran and served in the UK, and she was glad to be able to work on a project to honour veterans in this way. 

The poppy blanket at the cenotaph.

Hoult is a part of the Niverville Communities in Bloom Committee, and says they do many projects in Niverville to try to improve the appearance of the community and make it a better place for everyone to live. 

She explains where she got the idea to make a poppy blanket.

“I happened to be in Southern Ontario visiting in November last year, and I saw that one of the little communities had set up a display of knitted and crocheted poppies, and I thought, ‘oh, that looks wonderful, maybe I should take that back to the committee.’” 

The committee decided this was a very meaningful project that they would like to take on. 

From there, they collected a group of 10 knitters and crocheters, found the wool and the pattern, and they created these poppies for display at the cenotaph. 

They found some black fish netting and attached the poppies to it, and on November 1st, they draped it over the cenotaph. 

The poppy blanket.

Hoult is very pleased with how the poppy blanket turned out, and explains the feeling she gets when looking at it. 

“Just reverence, and the wonderful feeling that we were able to create this display in honor of the veterans.” 

She is hoping Niverville residents will feel the same way. 

“I hope that it helps them to remember and realize the sacrifices that have been made by veterans throughout the years to try to create and keep a better world for everybody.” 

It will be taken down on November 11th after the outdoor service that's being held there, and it will be dried and stored. 

The poppy blanket.

 

With files from Adi Loewen 

 

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