The 25th April – ANZAC Day, commemorates the sacrifice of all Australian men and women during times of war and occurs on the anniversary of one of the most significant battles involving troops from our newly formed nation.
While I have watched the diggers at the ANZAC Day marches grow old and their numbers dwindle, the observance of this important national holiday seems to be very much alive and growing.
We have always attended the ANZAC Day march and service, but this year is probably the first year my eldest will grasp some of the significance of the day. I want him to understand the importance of these people’s sacrifice, including that of his great, great-grandfather, great-grandfather and uncles, and the importance that these events have had on the history of our country and the world.
We have been reading a few story books about ANZAC Day to help him understand the events we commemorate and the way we remember them. These are our favourites so far.
Last week I also took the boys to the Queensland Museum. It has two fitting displays related to the ANZAC legend. The first was The Courage of Ordinary Men. This exhibition was a moving display about 3 Australian diggers awarded the Victoria Cross medal for courage during WWI.
The second exhibition was Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vingacourt, a collection of photographs of Australian troops taken in France while on leave from the frontline. They were lost until only 3 years ago. I fell in love with these hauntingly beautiful sepia images. If you live in Australia, keep an eye out for it as it travels around the country over the next few years.
Tomorrow we are off to watch the parade my Grandfather used to march in when he was alive. Master O has picked out remembrance badges for all of us to wear and found an Australian flag to wave. He is excited. Success!
I hope you enjoy your long weekend if you are in Australia or New Zealand. Make sure that you check out your local ANZAC Day celebrations. Lest we forget.