ACROSS GENERATIONS: Leone Roberts and her grandson Marcus Moore get ready for the Anzac service at Copmanhurst. Photo: JoJo Newby
ACROSS GENERATIONS: Leone Roberts and her grandson Marcus Moore get ready for the Anzac service at Copmanhurst. Photo: JoJo Newby Jojo Newby

Floral tributes honour fallen

SINCE 1974, Leone Roberts has prepared delicate floral wreaths for the Copmanhurst Anzac ceremony.

The Mylneford woman said the floral art helped her remember her father, James Massey, who served in the First World War.

Her uncle, Mark Roberts, was killed in France in 1917.

"It's about remembering all those who have served," Mrs Roberts said.

"I think it's all become more significant to us with time."

Mrs Roberts grew up with people who were prisoners of war in the notorious Changi camp.

"I remember one of Dad's First World War mates who came back and had shrapnel in him."

"It's remembering all they did and all they suffered."

Mrs Roberts's father was gassed in the war, but thankfully came home and saw out his life in Australia.

"He always said he was proud of what he had done," Mrs Roberts said.

Copmanhurst Public School students pick flowers and roses from their own gardens and bring them in to Mrs Roberts before the Copmanhurst Anzac service.

"Every year I ask the children to bring in flowers," she said.

"This year I've had a lovely lot."

Mrs Roberts then sets about the intricate task of preparing the wreaths.

The Copmanhurst Anzac service featured speeches by many Copmanhurst Public School students.

"The service is based around the children," Mrs Roberts said.

"The key for keeping the tradition going is the involv-ement of the children."



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