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Taking part in ANZAC and Remembrance Days

You don’t have to have served in the Army, Navy or Air Force to be part of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. Attending the marches and services shows respect for people who have served in conflicts, peacekeeping operations or disaster relief.

But sometimes children can march with their school or family, lay wreaths at the cenotaph or help older veterans.

Discover what you can do to honour our service people, past and present.

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ANZAC Day, Kallangur 2017

Finding out

Look closely at the images of remembrance events. Notice how often you see children participating. What are some different things that young people are doing to contribute at these events?

Where do you see wreaths and flowers in these pictures? Read the captions to find out why these are part of remembrance events and what they represent.

Sorting out

Look at the veteran at the centre of Image 4. How do you think he feels about having the school children march beside him in the ANZAC parade? Why do you think the girl on the left is wearing service medals? What do you think about this?

People often wear a sprig of rosemary at remembrance events. You will see this in Slides 4 and 9. Ask an adult to help you do an internet search to find out why. Use search terms such as ‘rosemary’, ‘symbol’ and ‘remembrance’.

Taking action

Remembrance events often involve music, poems and speeches. Imagine you are going to address a group of people gathered at an ANZAC Day Dawn Service or Remembrance Day event. Write a short speech to explain how you feel about the sacrifices that members of our Defence family have made to keep others safe.

Design a wreath or floral display for a remembrance event. Once you have drawn your design on paper, try making it. Create flowers from coloured tissue or crepe paper and glue them to a cardboard base. You might also add ribbons or include some special words.

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