JUST as Anzac Day has experienced a remarkable revival in the past three decades, Remembrance Day also seems to be growing in popularity.
Poppies were to be seen everywhere yesterday, far more than they were even a few years ago.
Perhaps it has been the constant and ongoing involvement of Australian troops in overseas conflicts in the past decade that has increased our appreciation of service and sacrifice down the years.
Yesterday's commemorations were well attended, and with South Grafton High School's unveiling of its poppy art installation, covered many age groups.
The efforts of the students and art teacher Michelle Vogt deserve plenty of praise.
There are probably no exam marks in the making, painting and placing of the 3030 poppies, each representing a Clarence Valley serviceman, but in the end the project will be worth much more than that to the young people involved.
They will have learnt much about themselves in the long and painstaking process. It is a work worthy of any art gallery and deserves to stay in its place for a long time.