This year COVID-19 restrictions will see a different Anzac Day with Australians coming together in remembrance in spirit instead of in person.
Gathering together as a community at the break of dawn, to remember and honour our Anzacs has been an Aussie tradition for over 100 years. And whilst we won’t be able to attend the local RSL, or the Anzac parade this year, the Australian War Memorial is a great resource for learning the history of Anzac Day and for ways to commemorate from home. Here are six ideas for things to do at home with your family to commemorate Anzac Day this year.
1. Bake Anzac biscuits
It’s been claimed that biscuits like these were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad during World War I because the ingredients don’t easily spoil and kept well during transport.
2. Paint or make Anzac poppies
Get creative at home with vegetable stamps or cut out and paint paper plates to make poppies, then stick them up in your front windows for anyone passing by to enjoy.
3. Learn the history of Anzac Day
Spend some time on the Australian War Memorial website learning about the Anzac Day Tradition. They also have a range of educational resources designed for kids of all ages including the diary of a digger, a look at life on the Western Front and more.
If you know someone who has medals or who is a veteran or current service member, ask them if they’re willing to share their story with you. If you can’t connect face to face, try using apps via Facetime or Skype.
4. Watch the National Commemorative Service
For many of us Dawn Service is an important part of Anzac Day. You can tune in to the National Commemorative Service live on ABC TV and iView from 5am this Saturday 25 April 2020. The service is also being streamed live here and on Facebook.
5. Light up the Dawn
RSLs across the country are asking us to show our Anzac spirit by standing at the end of our driveways, balconies or in our living rooms at 6am on Anzac Day to remember those who have served and sacrificed.
You can check out the official Facebook event and see how everyone else is preparing at ANZAC Day 2020 – Light up the dawn.
6. Play Two-Up at home
Two-up was played by soldiers in the First World War and has become a regular part of Anzac Day celebrations for veterans.