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How to Spend ANZAC Day

10 Apr 2018

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ANZAC Day is one of the most significant days in Australia. Whether you’re remembering those who served our country by yourself or with your nearest and dearest, there are several special ways you can spend this holiday.

Here’s how you can commemorate this day in a meaningful way.

Attend a Dawn Service or ANZAC Day Parade

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service is held at 4:28am sharp in major cities and towns across Australia. The Dawn Service generally includes a minute of silence followed by the Last Post, The Ode of Remembrance, and the laying of wreaths, among other traditions.

ANZAC Day parades and marches are also held all throughout the country, and are a great way for the whole family to honour those who served and continue to serve – especially if your house isn’t awake early enough for the Dawn Service.

Make a Donation

Contribute to an appeal such as Legacy, Soldier On, or the Poppy Appeal to support past and present servicemen and women.

These organisations fund the employment and psychological support of those who serve and have served, along with providing support for their families.

Watch the ANZAC Day Games

From the annual ANZAC Day Clash between Collingwood and Essendon to the Roosters vs. Dragons and Storm vs. Warriors matches in the NRL, there is plenty happening for sports-lovers on ANZAC Day.

Featuring ANZAC Day ceremonies prior to kick off, ANZAC Day matches have become an increasingly popular way to observe the special day.

Recite The Ode with Your Family

If you’re planning to spend ANZAC Day at home with your loved ones, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of the ANZACs with a minute’s silence and the recitation of The Ode. Taken from a poem by English writer Laurance Binyon, The Ode is traditionally read aloud during ANZAC Day services.

As one of the most iconic and significant poems to the people of Australia and New Zealand, reciting The Ode will help teach your children the meaning of ANZAC Day.

Bake ANZAC Biscuits

This is another great way to spend ANZAC Day at home with the family. Get the kids involved and bake some classic ANZAC biscuits.

You can use our tasty recipe here.