In this blog post I’d like to talk about a special day in my home country, Australia. On April 25th we commemorate Anzac Day. Have you heard of it? Most people outside Australia and New Zealand have not heard of it but on this day Australians and New Zealanders pay their respects to those who have served in the military and especially those who lost their lives in conflicts over the past decades. It’s a very solemn occasion that originated after the Gallipoli campaign in World War One, when members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) attempted to land on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey and suffered terrible casualties. Despite failure, the soldiers showed great bravery and sacrifice and it became a symbol of national identity.
The day begins with a dawn service, when war veterans and the public gather early in the morning. A lone bugler plays the piece “Last Post”, followed by two minutes silence to remember the fallen soldiers and then it concludes with the bugler playing another piece, “Reveille”. I remember this from when I was a kid because my grandfather served in World War Two and marched down the main street. I was very proud! After the marches the veterans usually meet up with their mates and have a few beers, talk about their service and remember those who gave their lives. It’s a time of great joy and sadness.
Around Anzac Day it’s a bit of a tradition to make Anzac biscuits, a kind of cookie with coconut, oatmeal and golden syrup that were sent to soldiers overseas. This year I will be making some with my daughter. You can find the recipe on the internet if you’d like to try making them.
They are easy to make and delicious!