Packing up the RSLWA poppy display at Government House
Packing up the RSLWA poppy display at Government House

Farewell to our poppies, and welcoming the Ukrainian Ambassador

What an honour it has been to pay tribute to our Australian service personnel this past fortnight by hosting the incredible handiwork of the RSLWA’s poppy ladies in the Government House Gardens.

Their display of 52,000 handcrafted poppies representing lives lost in World War One has captured the hearts and attention of so many, not only those who were able to visit in person, but thousands more who have enjoyed photos and videos of this moving display.

Photo – The Governor thanks the RSLWA Poppy Ladies and volunteers for their wonderful display at Government House

Today we reluctantly packed away the poppies, with the Governor personally thanking the incredible women who pour their heart and soul into creating such a lasting tribute, as well as some of the many volunteers who help bring this breathtaking tribute to life.

Welcoming the Ukrainian Ambassador

The Governor today welcomed the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Vasyl Myroshnychenko, to Government House.

Mr Myroshnychenko who has been the Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia since the start of this month spoke with the Governor about the current challenges facing Ukraine, as well as the Ambassador’s work with WA’s Ukrainian community.

On leaving Government House the Ambassador was presented with a handcrafted poppy by Judi Welch, one of the RSLWA Poppy Ladies as a way of sending their thoughts and wishes to the people of Ukraine.

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