Monday 20 April 2020
While the current restrictions mean that we are unable to gather for dawn service, there are still plenty of ways you can reflect on the sacrifices made by those brave men and women who served to protect us all.
There are a number of ways you can still honour Anzac Day in your own home:
1. Hold a dawn service from your driveway.
This year, RSL Clubs from across the country are calling Australians to host a dawn service at home. At 5.55 am on 25 April, light a candle and stand at the end of your driveway or balcony. Then, at 6am, have a minute’s silence to reflect on the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of the brave service men and women, both past and present.
Not only is this an easy way to commemorate Anzac Day as a family, but as a community, this sends a powerful message of solidarity to members of the Australian Defence Force.
If you have a musician in the family, you could also consider playing ‘The Last Post’. You can download sheet music and rehearse with information provided at MusicforMateship.org.
2. Get crafty with the kids
This time at home provides the perfect excuse to dive into a craft activity with the family. So, why not consider decorating your letterbox or front windows?
The Red Poppy is an international symbol of war remembrance, so it’s only appropriate to commemorate Anzac Day by creating your own paper Poppies.
The Australian War Memorial has a DIY Poppy Template you can download and print at home. All you will need is some red crepe paper, black paper, a pipe cleaner and basic craft supplies such as a scissors, paper, a pencil and glue.
You could use these handcrafted poppies and stick them in the front window for people passing by to enjoy or create a cute DIY poppy remembrance wreath, follow all the step at this blog post . You could also consider using chalk to draw pictures of poppies on the front footpath.
Floral wreaths are traditionally laid down to remember those who have given their lives for us. Usually, the wreaths laid down on Anzac Day include Laurel (also known as Bay Leaf), Rosemary or Poppies, which symbolise honour and remembrance.
You can make your own wreath using egg cartons and paint. All you’ll need is an egg carton, a paper plate, red and black paint and glue. You can follow all the steps at this blog post.
Alternatively, if you have a Rosemary bush or a Bay Leaf tree in your garden, you could try creating your own rosemary or laurel wreath.
3. Host a Gunfire Breakfast at home
After dawn service has finished, it is customary to follow with a traditional ‘gunfire breakfast’. This tradition comes from the soldier’s early cup of tea, which they drank before going on their first parade for the day—often with a dash of rum for some ‘liquid courage’.
Today, the gunfire breakfast has evolved to entail a traditional breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages and baked beans. Why not host your own gunfire breakfast at home?
4. Read a kids’ book about Anzac Day
A book provides an easy way to communicate the meaning of Anzac Day to little ones through the power of storytelling. There are a number of free e-books available for download on the Australian War Memorial website.
If you’d prefer a hard copy book, Dymocks offers a range of Anzac-themed kids’ books on their online store, such as ‘Anzac Ted’—an unforgettable story of a teddy bear who went to war and returned an unsung hero, as well as ‘The Anzac Puppy’—a story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.
For more great ideas on how to celebrate Anzac day at home check out blog post at North Shore Mums