|Floral tributes on the New Norfolk Cenotaph on Anzac Day
PEOPLE wanting to have a floral tribute placed on the New Norfolk Cenotaph for Anzac Day are being offered free delivery by local florist Willows Flowers.
With Anzac Day parades and services cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, alternative ways of observing the day have been proposed, including online memorials and a recommendation for Australians and New Zealanders to stand outside their homes at 6am on Anzac Day this Saturday.
Local florist Malissa has operated Willows Flowers New Norfolk at Shop 8, Circle St, since late last year and previously worked at another flower shop in High St until its closure last year. A former defence force member, she is keen to help people who are sad about Anzac Day gatherings being cancelled.
Malissa said Anzac Day was important to her for several reasons: for the memory of those who gave their lives for their country, for her son who currently serves, and for her own service. “I too am very sad this very important day has been squashed by this pandemic,” she said.
“If you are wanting to still pay your respects with a wreath or some flowers please do it,” she said. “I am offering – within reasonable distance – free delivery of your flowers and to pay your respects on your behalf, without you having to leave your home.
“I don’t want us to give up on those who never gave up on us. Let’s still love and respect them but this year in a different way. Just call the store and place your order and leave the rest to me, it’s my honour, and I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my new venture,” Malissa said.
Orders for Anzac Day floral tributes close on Thursday. For more information or to place an order, visit Willows Flowers New Norfolk at Shop 8, Circle St (opposite the council chambers) or call 0457 082 869.