Anzac Day is one of the most solemn and important days for Australians – our way of recognising the contributions and sacrifices of those who’ve served and defended our country.
On 25 April this year things will be very different, with coronavirus restrictions causing the cancellation of Anzac Day commemorative services across the country.
But there are still few simple ways we can pay our respects and give thanks from the comfort and safety of our own home.
Hold a driveway dawn service
Across the nation, Returned and Services Leagues (RSLs) are encouraging households to participate in the spirit of mateship with memorial services from the safety of our own driveway starting at 6.00am. Simply, light a candle and stand at the end of your driveway to help “Light up the Dawn”.
A National Commemorative Service will also be broadcast from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5.30am in each state’s local time.
Visit the RSLWA website for more information.
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Get musical for The Last Post and Reveille
If you’re handy with a musical instrument, put it to good use on Anzac Day as part of your own at-home commemoration.
Sure, you might not have a bugle handy – but a Music for Mateship initiative is encouraging local musicians to play The Last Post and Reveille as part of at-home or neighbourhood services.
Download the sheet music, practice away and then tune into a livestream of a commemorative service and jump in with your instrument when the time calls.
(Perhaps let your neighbours know they might have an early wake-up call this Anzac Day).
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Cook up the tastes of Anzac Day
After an early start and a cool morning, there’s no better way to launch into the rest of your day than with a hearty Anzac Day breakfast.
Typically, commemorations are followed with a bountiful breakfast or morning tea – but we’ll each be preparing our own treats this year.
Fire up the barbecue for some bacon, eggs and sausages, or whatever takes your fancy, and pop the kettle on for a cuppa to go with it.
You might also like a fresh-baked treat to finish – and luckily Australians have been enjoying home cooked Anzac biscuits for more than 100 years.
We’ve sourced this recipe from a cookbook compiled by the reliable Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (CWA of WA) who’ve been around since 1924.
Don’t know much about the fantastic and strong women who make up the CWA? They aren’t just about tea and scones, learn a little more today.
Anzac biscuits recipe
Makes 12 – 15 Anzac biscuits and takes 30 minutes in total.
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 125 gr melted butter
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup flour
- 1 level teaspoon bi-carb soda
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
Mix all dry ingredients together and pour in melted butter.
Add soda and syrup dissolved in boiling water and mix well.
Roll out the dough and shape into small balls.
Space the dough evenly on an oven tray and squash a little with a fork.
Bake in moderate oven for 20 minutes.
Anzac biscuits recipe source: The C.W. A. Cookery Book and Household Hints, The Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (Incorp), 1936.