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by Girlie Diaz (subscribe)
Part-time writer, full-time mum.
Published March 29th 2014
Lest We Forget
The Australian Imperial Force was raised in 1914 to help in the First World War
The Australian Imperial Force was raised in late 1914 to help the allied nations win the First World War. Photo from the Australian Army.


ANZAC Day has been commemorated annually in Australia since the Gallipoli landing on 25 April 1915. It has been significant in defining the Australian nation. This year, and for the years to come, we have to keep the tradition alive. We, as a nation, will never forget, and we shall be forever grateful. Here are 12 things you can do to make ANZAC Day even more meaningful:

1. Participate in the Dawn Service and ANZAC Day parades. The Dawn Service has its military roots, and is being held simultaneously throughout the major cities in Australia. Click here for details of the Dawn Services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

2. Keep the ANZAC legacy by volunteering. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, and the St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane accept volunteers.

3. Help out at your local RSL branch. Pledge a little of your time to help make the lives of our veterans and their dependants better through the welfare and community support activities of the Retired Services Leagure (RSL). Click here for details.

4. Support our troops in active duty, particularly those deployed in conflicts overseas. Send an email to the troops at supportthetroops@defence.gov.au, or send them a postcard. Postcards can be sent to:


Messages to the Troops
Media Section
39 Personnel Support Battalion
Building 217
Randwick Barracks NSW 2031


5. Make a lasting contribution to past and present servicemen and women and their families by making a donation to Soldier On, Legacy, the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund, the ANZAC Appeal, and the Poppy Appeal.

6. Support veterans in their homes or in residential care facilities by providing social interaction, transport for social activities, medical and other appointments, or administrative support to local RSL Care offices. Click here for more information.

Photo from the Australian Army.
The Australian Army serve in conflict areas abroad to maintain regional stability and peace. Photo from the Australian Army.


7. Bake ANZAC biscuits and share them with family and friends. Keep the ANZAC spirit alive in your local community. Click here for the secret recipe from a WeekendNotes writer who has been so good to share it with us.

8. Plant poppies, preferably with your family and children. Share with them the tradition so we do not forget. Why poppies, you may wonder? During the First World War, a powerful symbolism was attached to the poppies. Red poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the battlefields of France and Belgium, and soldiers take this to remind them of the blood of their fallen comrades that soaked the fields. Through the years, poppies have become part of the symbols of ANZAC. Read more by clicking here.

9. Watch the ANZAC Day matches. It is a fitting tribute that sports heroes play their best on the day we commemorate the real heroes of the nation. This ANZAC Day 2014, at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney,the Dragons play against the Roosters. At the AAMI Park in Melbourne, Storm takes on Warriors and at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Broncos play against Rabbitohs.

10. Watch Gallipoli, an Australian classic of all time. It is a 1981 film which tells of the story two Australian sprinters who had to face the brutal realities of war when they were sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during the First World War. Starring the Aussie Hollywood star Mel Gibson. Click here for details about the movie.

11. Spend the day with family, but see to it that as one, the family is able to express collective gratitude for the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform so we may enjoy the lifestyle that we have. For ideas on where to go this year in Sydney, please click here. Here's another suggestion.

12. Recite the Ode. The Ode is the fourth stanza of the poem For the Fallen by English poet and writer Laurence Binyon. No matter how and where you commemorate ANZAC, a quiet reflection on the sacrifices of the men and women in service, coupled with a recitation of the Ode, will make your ANZAC Day a meaningful one.

Photo from the Australian Army.
The men and women of the Australian armed forces play a key role in preventing the escalation of conflict overseas. Photo from the Australian Army.
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What a great article, thankyou so much for putting those great ideas together
by viewe (score: 1|15) 1668 days ago
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