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The Field of Remembrance has become an important part of Anzac Day commemorations in Smithton.

Tribute. Requests are open for a time-honoured tradition providing a unique way to remember those who served on Anzac Day.

Organised by Circular Head residents with a connection to the War Widows’ Guild of Australia, the Field of Remembrance is made up of small crosses; each personally tailored to pay tribute to fallen war servicemen and women over the years.

Though numbers in the local branch of the War Widows’ Guild have fallen over time, organiser Sharon Coombs said members continue to work together for significant events; century commemorations of Anzac Day being just as special as any other.

“It’s really lovely to go and see them – it is quite pretty,” she said of the cross display.

“I think it’s significant every year. It’s very special for our family; we’ve just been brought up with that tradition [to remember].”

She said the concept had been on display for a number of years, with the sea of crosses providing an eye-catching spectacle while giving recognition to defence force personnel who served for their country.

Crosses displaying the name and rank of a requested individual can be purchased for $2 each, by contacting Lizzy’s This N That (6452 1393) or Circular Head RSL (6452 1523).

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