We Remember Them,
We Thank Them,
for because of them we have our today and our children’s tomorrow
ANZAC Day is held on the 25th of April each year, a day where we remember the brave men and woman who have served our country in times of war and those that continue to protect our country as part of our Defence Forces.
ANZAC Day can be a difficult topic to discuss with children when it is in our nature to protect them and keep them safe from harm, though on reflection, isn’t that part of what we acknowledge on ANZAC Day? Our brave soldiers; Australian, New Zealand and Aboriginal Men and Women; continue to this day to serve and protect our Nation, our children and their future.
“Learning about ANZAC Day helps young children to understand the life and times of Australia and its people.”www.anzacday.org.au
By supporting our children in understanding the importance of ANZAC Day, including the traditions, facts and history surrounding the ANZACs ensures that they will continue to be remembered and not lost on future generations.
We encourage families to allow children to ask the questions, listen to their interpretations on what ANZAC Day is about and guide them gently to the truth. Talk about the freedom we have now to feel safe because of their sacrifice. Focus on the collective pride of the country and the traditions that continue to this day.
There are a wide variety of ways families can acknowledge ANZAC Day with children. Whether this be by attending your local dawn service, march parade or doing your own traditions at home like baking ANZAC Biscuits, making craft poppies or reading books based on true stories acknowledging the ANZACS.
Below is our recommended reading list for children acknowledging ANZAC Day:
- “ANZAC Ted” by Belinda Landsberry
- “Lest We Regret” by Kerry Brown
- “Meet… the ANZACS” by Claire Saxby
- “Gallipoli” by Kerry Greenwood & Annie White
- “A Day To Remember” by Jackie French
- “My Grandad Marches On ANZAC Day” by Catriona Hoy & Benjamin Johnson
We close our blog with The Ode and the memory sounding of the Last Post played on a Bugle symbolising our fallen heroes who have gone to their final rest.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Lest we forget