September 25, 2022

Making wreaths for Anzac services an honor for Echuca-Moama florists

Let’s not forget: one of the Anzac wreaths made by the florists of Echuca Moama. Photo by contribution

Kerrie Dean, owner of Echuca and Moama Florists, said her stores made around 18 wreaths for the Echuca and Moama Anzac Day services.

As Monday was a public holiday and dawn services started as early as 6 a.m., Ms Dean explained that she had to open the store on Sunday evening so that people could collect their fresh flowers for the ceremonies early in the morning. morning.

“I actually walked into the store around 6:30 p.m. so people could pick up their crowns. We had about seven groups of people coming to pick up, including the Moama police.

“I worked until about midnight that night, but it was totally worth it.”

Ms Dean explained that she had tried to tie into the Anzac theme by using native Australian flowers such as proteas, acacia and eucalyptus.

“Apart from the natives we also used rosemary, we used red roses to mean love and white roses to mean peace because every flower has a meaning.”

In the past two years of the pandemic, wreaths have often been laid on people’s lawns due to the lack of Anzac Day memorial services.

Ms Dean said it was “such an honour” to be able to once again provide the services that people have missed so much.

“It was so nice to see the community place orders through us for this incredibly important day.

“Moama RSL placed a big order with us, Lions clubs placed orders and other community groups did the same.

“Some of the local schools have even come to our stores to pick their own flowers and make their own wreath arrangements.”

Ms Dean said she went to the services and it was humbling to see their wreaths laid during the services.