ANZAC Day is both a solemn tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in war over the years, and a joyful celebration of the freedoms they have won. While the ANZAC Day traditions have stood this test of time, this year, try something different after you've finished your dawn service or march.
By Björn S... - Field poppy - Papaver rhoeas, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40044518
The names of our ANZAC troops live on through the streets of Brisbane thanks to the Streets of Remembrance project. Launched in 2015 to celebrate the ANZAC centenary, the project places the Australian Defence Force Rising Sun badge or the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) badge on streets that share the name of people, places or events associated with the ANZAC campaign. The commemorated streets can be found all over Brisbane; check out the Brisbane City Council website to plan your route.
Streets of Remembrance will expand in 2019 to include Australian veterans of all wars. Submissions are open to the public so if you know a street that deserves to be included, call Brisbane City Council on 3403 8888 or email TPO_Contact@brisbane.qld.gov.au.
World War II Signature Wall
The City Hall Signature Wall was discovered in 2008 during renovations at City Hall, and quickly heritage listed. More than 150 servicemen from all over Australia scrawled their names and service numbers on the wall that used to be above a urinal, providing future Brisbanites with a preserved moment in time. You can go through photos here.
Anzac Day at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
A selection of respectful and joyful ANZAC Day experiences will be on offer at Mt Cooth-tha this ANZAC Day. On 24 and 25 April, the Mt Coot-tha Library will host poppy making workshops for people of all ages. The workshop is free to attend and bookings are not required.
The National Freedom Wall is a solemn space within the gardens, displaying the names and plaques of 16 000 servicemen. On ANZAC Day 2019, tour guides will be available for visitors from 11:00am. Afterwards, enjoy Swingtime music from the ANZAC era with a roving performance by BSB Swing.
Lost in Flanders
Historians Michael Molkentin and Mat McLachlan return to the infamous Western Front to explore the Australian wartime experience during World War I in Lost in Flanders, a 2009 documentary. When a chance encounter uncovers the bodies of five Australian soldiers, Molkentin and McLachlan use DNA testing for the first time to uncover their identities.
Tragic, poignant, and strangely hopeful, the Wynnum Library will be showing this documentary on 24 April from 12:30 – 1:45pm. Entry is free but bookings are essential and can be made by calling the Wynnum Library on 3403 2199.