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Holding A Memorable ANZAC Day Event

Anzac-Day.jpgANZAC Day is a very important day for Australians who stop and remember what these servicemen did for our country. It is a time to celebrate their sacrifices and achievements, and also pay our respects.

In addition to the Returned and Services Leagues (RSLs) there are many other clubs, restaurants, hotels and bars that hold special events for ANZAC Day.

Holding a dedicated event is a wonderful way to support ANZAC Day. And here are our tips to making it a successful one:

Security and Identification
Tyvek wristbands are incredibly helpful for identifying patrons attending your ANZAC Day event. They can also be a great keepsake and reminder for the wearers.

The Department of Veteran Affairs suggests hymns and songs which may be appropriate for your ceremony or event. Or you may prefer easy-listening Australian classics:

It is also a great opportunity to play the Australian National Anthem and/or Waltzing Matilda.

Poppies, Rosemary and Wreaths
Poppies are normally symbolic of remembrance day in November, but are becoming more popular on ANZAC Day as well. A sprig of rosemary is also worn on ANZAC Day as it has particular significance for Australians, because it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Wreaths are a common symbol of ANZAC Day, as flowers have traditionally been laid on graves and memorials in memory of the deceased. Laurel is often woven into a wreath, it was used by the ancient Romans to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honour.

The one minute of silence is included in the Anzac Day ceremony as a sign of respect. It offers time for reflection on the significance of the day.

Fundraising and Promotion
If your event or club is fundraising there are some great ideas. Traditionally, ANZAC biscuits have been sold, and also brass pins and clips.

But now silicone wristbands are becoming a popular item for remembrance, as they can be custom made in any colour, and words can be etched into the bands to reinforce a message, for example – “Lest we Forget” or “We will remember them”.

Poem or Reading
There is some amazing prose which is ideal for ANZAC Day. Here is an example by John McCrae (May 1915) called “In Flanders Fields”:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Other Suggestions?

If you have any other suggestions for making a memorable ANZAC Day, please share below.
Posted: 13/04/2012 11:06:11 AM by | with 1 comments
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ANZAC Day is a very important day for Australians who stop and remember what these servicemen did for our country.
21/06/2012 5:22:20 PM