5 Meaningful Ways To Celebrate Anzac Day

Anzac Day, observed on the 25th of April each year, stands as a solemn day of remembrance, honouring the courage, sacrifice, and camaraderie of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) who landed at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War I. This day has transcended its origins to become a national moment of reflection and respect for all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and sacrificed in military operations. It's a time when the nations come together to pay homage to the bravery and resilience that have become hallmarks of their national identity.

Celebrating Anzac Day goes beyond munching on delicious traditional oat biscuits. It is a deep acknowledgement of the cost of war and a testament to the spirit of human endurance and solidarity. It's an occasion that bridges past and present, reminding us of the enduring values of courage, mateship, and perseverance in the face of adversity. For families, it presents a poignant opportunity to instil these values in younger generations, ensuring that the legacy of those who have served is never forgotten.

In this spirit, families across Australia and New Zealand engage in various activities to commemorate Anzac Day, weaving the essence of this significant day into the fabric of their lives. From dawn services to personal rituals of remembrance while, of course, sharing freshly baked Anzac biscuits, here are some of how we choose to celebrate Anzac Day.

1. Attend a Dawn Service

One of the most traditional ways to observe Anzac Day is by attending a dawn service as a family. These services are held at war memorials and cenotaphs across the country and abroad, symbolising the comradeship those in the armed forces felt in battle. It's a moment of reflection on the sacrifices made for freedom and peace, offering a powerful lesson in gratitude and history for all ages.

2. Bake Anzac Biscuits Together

Baking Anzac biscuits is a delicious and educational activity that can involve the whole family. These biscuits were originally made by loved ones and sent to the ANZACs serving in Gallipoli. Baking them provides an opportunity to discuss the history and significance of Anzac Day while creating something tasty to share. Plus, it's a way to pass down traditional recipes and create new family traditions.

3. Visit a Local War Memorial or Museum

Taking a family trip to a local war memorial or military museum can be an educational and moving way to spend Anzac Day. Many museums have special exhibits or family-friendly activities designed to help younger visitors understand the importance of the day. It's an opportunity to learn about the personal stories of bravery and sacrifice and to pay respects to those who served.

4. Participate in a Community Event or Parade

Many communities hold Anzac Day parades or other commemorative events. Participating in or attending these events can foster a sense of community and shared remembrance. It's also a chance to see veterans and service members in person, offering a tangible connection to the stories and histories discussed at home and in school.

5. Create a Family Remembrance Ritual

Developing a personal remembrance ritual can give your family a private way to honour Anzac Day. This could be as simple as observing a minute of silence together or watching a documentary about Anzac history. You could also plant a tree or garden of remembrance in your yard or create a scrapbook or digital slideshow of family members who have served in the military, linking past generations with the present.

If you’d like to support veterans, buying a pack of Anzac biscuits from GF Oats donates a portion of your proceeds to the Legacy charity.

Legacy is a charity dedicated to supporting the partners and families of veterans. Our Legacy fundraising bundle donates 5% of the cost to the charity as well for those interested in having a delicious treat while supporting a great cause. Help us reach our long-time goal of $25,000 in proceeds for Legacy and check out our options today. 

Learn more about the history of Anzac biscuits or get in touch with GF Oats today if you’d like to learn more about how we link up with Legacy charity.
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