We celebrate ANZAC Day in Australia on the 25th of April every year to commemorate the men and women who went to war and for those still serving overseas. These wonderful men and women gave their lives to uphold the values and freedom of our country.
The ANZAC acronym stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps.
This is a delightful story for young children to help them start to develop an idea about ANZAC Day and not to judge something by its looks because there is always a story behind the scenes.
Here is a video of the story being read and information on how you can buy the book.
It is also available on Amazon
There are a number of stories around ANZAC Day for young children.
Lest we Forget by Kerry Brown is another story for young children. This book cleverly shows the mother and child at home thinking of their loved one and making ANZAC biscuits to send to their loved one serving overseas. Then the second page of the book depicts their loved one and what they might be doing at the same time. Interesting for children to have these parallels made for them and generates discussion. Most families in Australia and New Zealand have stories passed down through the generations about relatives that served during the First and Second World Wars and of course in our present time. These stories ensure that each generation have a concept of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women. This book can be bought by the following link.
This recipe is famous and has been handed down through the generations, perhaps you would like to try to make some of these biscuits…. cookies!
I have found a gluten free recipe that also includes rosemary, a plant significant in remembering those that lost their lives in war.
How did the plant rosemary become used to remember those passed on?
There are those that believe rosemary referred to in Ophelia’s scene from Hamlet, was the instigator of rosemary being used for remembering those passed on. This idea is discussed below by www.schmoop.com. ( This is a direct quote.
“When Ophelia loses her mind in Act IV, Scene v, she starts handing out flowers to everyone around her. Sure, she talks directly about the symbolic meaning of those flowers, but what’s also important is who might be getting these flowers.
There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies,
that’s for thoughts. […]
There’s fennel for you, and columbines.
There’s rue for you; and here’s some for me; we
may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. You must wear your
rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would
give you some violets, but they withered all
when my father died. (4.5.199-201, 204-209)
Fennel symbolized strength and praiseworthiness, columbine symbolized folly, daisies symbolized innocence, and violets symbolized faithfulness and modesty. So which flowers belong to which characters? Does Ophelia give the rosemary (for remembrance) to an invisible Hamlet, praying he hasn’t forgotten about her? Does she give the rue (another word for regret) to Gertrude, who may be regretting her hasty marriage to Claudius?
And if she’s with-it enough to match the right flower to the right character, how crazy is she, really?”
However wise geek.com says that before Shakespare’s play Hamlet, many cultures used this plant to for a variety of reasons to warn off evil spirits and even as an adornment for weddings… not necessarily for those sad occasions.
Wise geek goes onto say that in studying aromatherapy, it is suggested that rosemary is the herb that stimulates memory and may preserve some cognitive function. So if these ideas are accurate a sprig of rosemary is not the verification for gloom but may be an aromatic preserver of the thoughts people hold dear.
I hope you find this bit of research as interesting as I did as I have learnt something too!
We will remember them.