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CIT Floristry's Boutonnieres a Special Touch for ANZAC Day

Published: 20 Apr 2015

CIT floristry students have been hard at work in the lead-up to Anzac Day, creating and packing 1,000 boutonnieres (buttonholes) for the Australian War Memorial's Anzac Day services commemorating the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

Floristry teacher Gina Kromar says the students haven't minded giving up their time to contribute to the national services.

"This is the fifth year we've partnered with the Australian War Memorial to supply the boutonnieres, and it's always such a highlight for the students. It's an opportunity for them to gain real experience working for a significant event on one of the most important commemorative days of the national calendar," she said.

The task consisted of arranging and entwining sprigs of rosemary with a silken poppy, requiring artistry, dexterity, attention to detail and stamina, taking the fifteen students around five hours of fast-paced work to complete.

"It is a small detail, but deeply symbolic - with the fragrant aroma of the rosemary and the vibrant red poppy, the boutonnieres unequivocally symbolise the cost of conflict and the pledge to remember," Ms Kromar said.

The boutonnieres will be worn by VIPs to the morning Anzac Day ceremonies, including invited guests, Friends of the Australian War Memorial, and international media guests.

This year, the students have also designed 'organic pedestals' to form part of the entry pathway into the Anzac gallery within the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day.

"The students definitely feel a sense of pride in being involved in such a significant commemorative occasion, especially this year with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. It's an incredible privilege," she said.

The work of CIT floristry students can also be seen in a number of other annual and special events at the Australian War Memorial throughout this commemorative year.

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