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Understanding ANZAC and Remembrance Days

On ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, we remember the thousands of Australians who have risked their lives so we can live in peace and safety.

If you have been to an ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day service you might have noticed there are some special elements – someone reads The Ode, a bugler sounds The Last Post and people wear rosemary or poppies.

Do you know why these things are significant and what they mean?

War memorial at Anzac Day Cairns 2017

ANZAC Day, Cairns 2017

Finding out

Find Gaba Tepe on a map of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. How far is it from where you live? Make a list of some other conflicts in which Australia has been involved. Find these places on a world map. Think about what it means for the men and women of our Defence Forces to travel to these places, risking their lives and safety far away from their homes, friends and families. Ask an older person about the Last Post: where it comes from and why it is sounded at Dawn Services on ANZAC Day. Ask them to help you find a recording of the Last Post online. Listen with your eyes closed.

Sorting out

Read again the words of The Ode on Slide 4. Who is The Ode talking about? How do these words make you feel? What promise are we making when we recite The Ode? Talk with an older person about why ANZAC and Remembrance Days are still being observed more than 100 years after World War I. Why do you think it is important to continue these traditions?

Taking action

Choose one line from the Ode of Remembrance that seems special or important to you. Make a poster with these special words. Draw or find a picture to illustrate your poster. Use this poster to help you commemorate ANZAC Day at home. A cenotaph is a monument that commemorates people who have died in another place. Most towns and cities in Australia have a cenotaph, or memorial, built to honour Australians who have served in war. Ask an adult to help you find your nearest memorial. What symbols do you see on and around the cenotaph? Read the words on the plaque and look at the list of names. Why do you think it is important to honour these people in this way?

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