Monique Tait

Monique Tait

Apr 10, 2023. 2 mins read


A Guide to Participating in ANZAC Day Services with Your Children

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance and recognition for the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force. It is also inseparably linked to the landings at Gallipoli in World War I. Attending an ANZAC Day service can be a meaningful way to honour them and teach your children about the importance of this day in Australian history. Here's a guide to participating in ANZAC Day services with your family:


1. Research ANZAC Day Services in Your Area

The first step in participating in ANZAC Day services with your family is to research the services being held in your area. Check with your local council, RSL, or community groups to learn about dawn services, marches, and other events in your town or city.

2. Explain the Significance of ANZAC Day to Your Children

Before attending an ANZAC Day service, take some time to explain the significance of this day to your children. Talk about the history of ANZAC Day, including the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the sacrifice of our veterans in subsequent conflicts. Helping your children understand the importance of honouring the memory of those who have served our country demonstrates our country's collective pride.

3. Attend a Dawn Service

Attending a dawn service is a traditional way to commemorate ANZAC Day. Many services start early in the morning, with a solemn ceremony that includes the playing of the Last Post and a minute of silence to remember the fallen. Check the start time and location of the dawn service in your area, and make sure to dress warmly and bring a torch or candles.

4. Make ANZAC Day Biscuits

ANZAC biscuits are a classic Australian treat that is perfect for ANZAC Day. These biscuits were originally sent by the wives and mothers of Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War I, as they were hearty and could withstand the long journey overseas. Today, ANZAC biscuits are enjoyed all year round and are a tasty way to remember our veterans, and this recipe is easy peasy.

5. Make and Lay a Wreath

At ANZAC Day services, it's traditional to lay wreaths or flowers in honour of our veterans. If you'd like to participate in this tradition, check with the organisers of the service to find out how you can lay a wreath or flowers. You can make and bring your own wreath to place at a war memorial or monument.

6. Talk to Your Children About Your Experience

After attending an ANZAC Day service with your children, take some time to talk about your experience. Ask them what they learned, and encourage them to ask questions about the significance of ANZAC Day. Sharing your experience reinforces the importance of remembering our veterans and their sacrifices for our country.

Lest We Forget

Participating in ANZAC Day services with your family is a meaningful way to honour the memory of our veterans and teach your children about the importance of this day in Australian history. You can instil a sense of national pride and respect for our veterans in your family. Lest we forget.

Monique Tait

Monique Tait

Mothering . Wife . Founder . Chicken Wing Aficionado .

When she's not scouring the city for the best fried chicken joint, she's busy being a parenting superhero, starting with her new toy swapping app called Sassybae. Because let's be real, what better way to show your love for your kids than by swapping out their old toys for new ones? Monique is on a mission to make parenting easier, one wing and one toy at a time.

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