Meaningful ways to commemorate ANZAC Day. Whether you wake up early and attend a local service or pay your respects in other ways, the 25th of April is a time to remember the soldiers whose ideals of courage, endurance and mateship are still relevant to this day.
Anzac Day, our National Day of Remembrance, honours members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and service personnel during World War I, and commemorates the sacrifices of all Australians during service, to this day.
Whether you wake up early and attend a local service or pay your respects in other ways, the 25th of April is a time to remember the soldiers whose ideals of courage, endurance and mateship are still relevant to this day.
This sombre occasion provides many ways in which you can educate your children about ANZAC Day’s history and significance. Read on for some simple ideas:
Bake ANZAC Day Biscuits: This traditional family activity commemorates ANZAC Day with tasty home-baked treats. ANZAC biscuits, a type of oatmeal cookie, were sent abroad to soldier by wives and women's groups, who favoured the recipe because the ingredients didn’t spoil and they were easy to transport. To make your own ANZAC biscuits, try this simple recipe.
Make a Poppy Wreath: Poppies have long been associated with ANZAC Day as a symbol of remembrance. To make an ANZAC Day poppy wreath with the kids, visit these tips from RSL Education, which includes a printable template. You can also use craft items such as red cupcake cases, paper, cardboard, pom poms and pipe cleaners to let your creativity shine as you discuss the significance of this special day with your children.
Read About the ANZACs: Head to your local bookshop or library who will be able to point you in the direction of age-appropriate ANZAC-themed books. There’s nothing like reading an evocative story to convey to your children the many sacrifices our ANZACs made, and the many ways in which they have shaped our national identity.
Whether you’re making, baking, reading or have other methods of commemorating ANZAC Day, these activities offer meaningful ways of connecting with our history, bonding with your family and remembering the good women and men who gave so much during WWI. Never Forget.