Honorable Service A Lion since 1978, Chris Rigg displays one of the 3,000-plus poppies to be placed at memorial plaques by schoolchildren along the Avenue of Honour in Ballarat. Begun in 1917, the first of its kind in Australia, the memorial row of trees represents the men and women who served in World War I. Australia now has 547 such avenues. Riggs’ club, the Haddon & District Lions, and several other Lions clubs organized the placement of the poppies in advance of Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand celebrated on April 25. “Australia is a free country because of the sacrifices,” Rigg told a local newspaper.
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