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Westford crafters create poppies for WWI remembrance

By Joy Richard
via the Westford (MA) Eagle newspaper web site

Kintted poppies WestfordThe Westford Museum knew they wanted to honor the past with their annual contribution to the local Festival of Trees, so they chose a colorful and solemn expression of remembrance, 100 handcrafted poppies.

The poppies were crocheted and knitted by 15 crafters, Westford residents and volunteers known to the museum.

The Westford Family FunFest and the Westford Business Association will hold the sixth annual Festival of Trees from today through Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road.

Westford Museum’s newest director Linda Greene said having the poppy Christmas tree featured at during the Westford Regency’s festival was not only a way to embrace the holiday season, but pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

“I originally [found out about the idea] through my mom,” said Greene, who became the director of the museum and Historical Society in November.

She added her mother brought her into the fold of making poppies for a project in Methuen, an effort larger than the Westford project, but working toward the same goal, honoring those lost 100 years ago. “It was a fun little project. Then I heard about other towns like Carlisle just did a big poppy memorial, so I thought we could bring that kind of project here.”

Read the entire article on the Westford Eagle newspaper web site.

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