ANZAC Day takes place under very different circumstances this year, but it is as important as ever for us to focus on the meaning of the day and to honour those who have served.
Although we cannot physically stand side by side and commemorate together, it is important that we still pay our respects and give thanks to our past and present servicemen and women.
To keep the ANZAC spirit alive, ways you can commemorate #Anzacathome this year include:
Make a rosemary wreath or plant rosemary
Rosemary links Australians to Gallipoli as it was found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. Rosemary is also seen as a symbol of love, trust, friendship and loyalty.
Bake ANZAC Biscuits
War time stories claim that ANZAC biscuits were sent to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily, plus they are incredibly delicious.
Enjoy a gunfire breakfast
The gunfire breakfast has evolved over time. Local RSLs traditionally serve bacon and egg rolls with tea and coffee.
Commemorate on Social Media
Honour our past and present service men and women on social media by using three hashtags: #AnzacAtHome #LightUpTheDawn #AnzacSpirit
Recite the Ode
The Ode comes from the poem, For the Fallen, and it is a tradition to recite on ANZAC Day:
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.
A guide for a home remembrance service including links to bugle calls and music can be found here.
Our veterans remind us of the truths by which we live and of the values that define and bind us as Australians.
To all in the veteran community, and to those currently serving – we thank you.
Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your commitment to protecting others.