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The Poppy House

Sydney Opera House sails to be lit with poppies for Remembrance Day

Publication date: Friday, 10 November 2017

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will once again light up with red poppies to mark Remembrance Day and to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

In perfect stillness at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, thousands of Australians will pause as one to honour the memory of all our servicemen and women.

Remembrance Day will be observed with services and events across the state, culminating with the spectacular sight of poppies projected onto the Opera House's iconic sails.

A symbol of sacrifice and loss for those who served on the battlefields of France and Belgium, the Flanders poppies were a familiar sight and are strongly associated with Armistice Day - the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front.

It is fitting that our most iconic building will be used to honour the bravery and sacrifice of so many, reinforcing our respect and appreciation of Australia's service personnel.

This year also marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice that saw the end of the First World War after four long years, a conflict in which around 60,000 Australians lost their lives.

The lighting of the sails will take place on Saturday, 11 November from 8pm to 1am Sunday, 12 November.  

The state's annual Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place on Saturday at 10:15am.

All are welcome to attend the service and honour the memory of our fallen.

Further event information is available on the NSW Government website

Public transport is the best way to get to and from the service. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500 to plan your trip.


Above: The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit with poppies to mark Remembrance Day, 11 November 2017.