This Saturday, 25th April, is Anzac Day. It is a day of remembrance to celebrate the soldiers who served in Gallipoli in World War 1 (1915). Normally special Dawn Services are held all around Australia, where the Last Post is played, and the Ode is read: They shall grow not 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.
There are lots of things we can do to honor the men and women who served in Gallipoli. You might like to do some of them this week.
Poppies: The use of a red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and was first seen in Flanders Field. Red poppy wreaths are usually placed on Anzac Day. You might like to make a Wreath of Poppy flowers and hang it in your window so people walking past your house and see it.
You could use this template to print, and color in Poppies. https://www.bigactivities.com/coloring/anzac_day/poppies/poppies.php
Cut them out and stick them onto a cardboard circle (cut the middle out of a paper plate for an easy wreath template).
Or perhaps you could tape them onto a stick from your garden and place them in a vase in your window. Or make them into a mobile. We can’t wait to see what you created.
Anzac Biscuits: During World War I, people at home in Australia often sent parcels to the Anzacs to show their support. Many of these packages included biscuits made from rolled oats, golden syrup and flour, which had high nutritional value and kept well while being transported overseas. These biscuits have come to be known as Anzac biscuits. Why don’t you try making some. See the recipe below, or perhaps you have a family recipe you use.
Rosemary – Rosemary has particular significance for Australians as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. Usually people wear a sprig of rosemary on their lapels to help them remember all the people that have served for Australia.
Some ideas that you could do with rosemary this week – you could plant a rosemary bush. You could make Playdoh and add rosemary into your mix. Or you might like to make Rosemary and Salt potato chips (peel some potatoes, thinly slice or cube, line a baking tray with baking paper, place sliced or cubed potato in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle rock salt and rosemary leaves over. Cook in moderate oven for approximately 20mins) -Yum!
We would love to see some of your creations. Please post a photo or comment and let us know what you did to celebrate Anzac Day.