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CIT floristry students add a special touch for Anzac Day

Published: 13 Apr 2016

Special Touch for Anzac Day

As the nation gathers to commemorate Anzac Day this year, the work of CIT floristry students will be present in some of the small but important details of the day at the Australian War Memorial.
VIPs to the morning ceremonies including invited guests, Friends of the Australian War Memorial and international media guests, will be wearing remembrance buttonholes made by students from the Certificate II in Floristry.

Twenty-five students have created 800 buttonholes from sprigs of rosemary (a symbol of remembrance) entwined with a silken poppy (a symbol of sacrifice in battle).

CIT Floristry Course Co-ordinator Gina Kromar says this opportunity is a real highlight of the year for the students, and helps prepare them for the expectations of the industry.

"This project gives students the opportunity to learn to work to a client brief and within time constraints. It also helps build up their knowledge of the importance of Anzac Day as one of the major occasions in the florist's calendar," she said.

The students form a production line to carefully craft hundreds of the small item, a task requiring great dexterity.

This will be the sixth year CIT floristry students have partnered with the Australian War Memorial to contribute to the Anzac Day services.

The work of the CIT floristry students can also be seen in a number of other annual and special events at the Australian War Memorial throughout the year, including this year commemorating 100 years since the Battles on the Western Front.