Knitted poppy wreath laid on behalf of Royal Agricultural Society

A wreath made of hundreds of red, white and purple knitted poppies was laid at the Cenotaph at Anderson Park on Monday, as part of Young's Remembrance Day service.

The wreath was presented by Young farmer David Davidson, on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW [RAS].

The red, white and purple poppies had been on display as part of the RAS poppy project at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show, red representing soldiers who served, white representing nurses who helped the injured, and purple representing animals who died during war.

The RAS invited its members to knit a poppy in memory of a family member involved in any military action.

Following the show, about 25 wreaths were made and distributed to RAS council members.

The wreath made of knitted poppies was laid by David Davidson on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

The wreath made of knitted poppies was laid by David Davidson on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

"We had a huge response from right across the state and all of the poppies were displayed and made a very dramatic display among other military memorabilia," David Davidson said.

"We had terrific feedback from that, and subsequent to the Royal Easter Show ending, the collection needed to have something done with it so staff members of the RAS decided to build these wreaths, I think there was about 25 made.

"They gave them to members of the council of the RAS to take back to their local towns and present as I've done today."

Mr Davidson said knitting poppies was a special way for people to commemorate.

"Knitting poppies is nothing new, but it's always had a strong reaction with people who care to commemorate, it's a way people can give some tangible thought and loving piece of themselves as a memorial," he said.

"What they've created here has so much energy and feeling. It's wonderful."

The wreath is now the possession of the Young RSL sub-branch.

"It's really nice that one ended up in Young," sub-branch president John Walker said.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of Young's RSL sub-branch, the Young RSL ladies' auxiliary, Hilltops Council, and tributes were made by community members.

Reverend Neil Percival of St John's Anglican Church offered a prayer for the fallen.

The Last Post was sounded by bugler Nic Stokell and drummer Cameron Steele of the Young Town Band, a reading of The Ode, minutes' silence, and Reveille followed to conclude the service.

Mr Walker thanked the community for its support, and acknowledged Nic Stokell and Cameron Steele on their first public service.

"I'd like to thank members of the Young Town Band for their contribution, these young people, it's their first time at a public ceremony. It's great to see young people taking part. It's a wonderful gathering," he said.