Barb Wignall and Hannah Kruger spend the first and third Tuesday of each month in the library, surrounded by a wooly sea of red, white, and purple.
As members of Junee’s Country Women’s Association, they have spent the past seven months stitching handmade poppies.
In collaboration with the Red Cross, residents from all over the Riverina made the poppies for this year’s Anzac commemorations.
Now, they will be used for Remembrance Day.
The red poppies represent the soldiers who fought, the white recall the nurse’s sacrifice, and the blue or purple flowers highlight the contribution of service animals.
“Just about everyone has a relation who was killed in either a World War, or in Vietnam, or who is currently serving somewhere. War touches us all,” said Ms Wignall.
For Ms Kruger, the war memory remains fresh.
“I had a mate who was killed in Afghanistan just before his 21st birthday.
“It really hit home that this was not centuries ago, war continues to affect our communities,” Ms Kruger said.