ANZAC Day is one of the most important national occasions in Australia – a day to reflect on the meaning of war and the honour of those who have served their country, with acknowledgement of the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and military achievement. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing in Gallipoli.
Building ANZAC Day traditions with your family is a great way to acknowledge this significant annual commemoration, as well as providing an opportunity for your family to enjoy time together. We have put together some ideas on how you may create your own family ANZAC Day traditions.
Dawn services have been held from the 1920s and are conducted in all Australian capital cities as well as many larger towns across the country, with people gathering at dawn to remember the ANZACs. Attending your nearest dawn service is something you can do as a family, paying your respects and being involved in the intense vibe that comes with such annual commemorations.
ANZAC DAY MARCH
Many major cities also hold an annual ANZAC Day march, with veterans of past military service, as well as the family members of those who may have passed away or are too frail to participate marching to acknowledge the triumphs of our troops and the many who died serving their country.
If you have children, or even if you don’t, ANZAC biscuits tend to be a much enjoyed treat for the whole family. A family tradition may be to make ANZAC biscuits together to enjoy freshly baked from the oven. They are quick and easy to make so the kids can lend a hand. These biscuits gained their name due to a similar version being sent to troops at war from their wives, due to the fact the ingredients did not spoil quickly.
ANZAC DAY FOOTBALL
For those of you who may be AFL fans, the annual ANZAC Day match between Collingwood and Essendon may be a great way to spend part of your day as a family, whether you attend the match in person or enjoy it from the comfort of your lounge room. Get your ANZAC biscuits ready and enjoy the match as a family.
There are many films, both recent and not so recent, documenting stories relating to World War One, the ANZACs or other war related themes. Some of these may be fictional, while others tell actual historic events. Sitting down together as a family on ANZAC Day to watch a themed film may be a great tradition to start with your family, being mindful of the potential graphic nature for younger audiences.
However you decide to spend ANZAC Day, there are many options to make this a meaningful day for yourself and your family by building your own traditions. How does your family like to spend ANZAC Day?