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Three ways to commemorate Anzac Day from home.

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. It’s also a time to appreciate and celebrate how lucky we are with our freedom and lifestyle here in Australia.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Kings Park.

While the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the State War Memorial in Kings Park will be a small, invitation-only event, RSLWA has partnered with MIX94.5 and the Triple M Radio Network to deliver a live broadcast of a Commemorative Service, so we can tune in from home, from between 5.55am to 6.30am.

Commemorative Services in Perth.

If you would like to attend an ANZAC Day service, here are a few options, albeit with restrictions in place.

  • The City of Fremantle, is offering a Dawn Service and activities during the day.
  • Rottnest Island is offering a Dusk Service on April 24 and a Dawn Service on ANZAC Day, April 25.
  • The Perth Concert Hall is hosting a free, but ticketed Commemorative Service, featuring the Salvation Army Perth Fortress Band and the ANZAC Day Choir.
  • RSLWA‘s broadcast Commemorative Service will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at Government House Gardens (open to all, gold coin donation) and then the ANZAC Day Parade down St Georges Terrace at 9am.

Hold a driveway Dawn Service.

Across the nation, Returned and Services Leagues (RSLs) are encouraging households to participate in Commemorative Services from their own driveway starting at 5.55am. Simply, light a candle and stand at the end of your driveway to help “Light up the Dawn”.

Share your experience on social media using #DrivewayDawnService.

anzac day hat and biscuits

Tune in online, on your TV, or on the radio.

A National Commemorative Service will also be broadcast from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5.30am in each state’s local time.

The Canberra Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV, ABC NEWS channel, ABC iView, and on ABC radio, or stream on ABC’s YouTube or Facebook feeds.

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.

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Download the sheet music here, practice away and then tune in to a live stream 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, by downloading the letter the Music for Mateship team has written.

Learn more about the meaning and significance behind The Last Post and Reveille at the Australian War Memorial’s website.

Share your experience on social media using #MusicforMateship.

Whip up and enjoy ANZAC biscuits.

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 or morning tea.

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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 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 have been around since 1924. The admirable women who make up the CWA aren’t just about tea and scones, learn a little bit about how they have contributed in wartime and how they still do, today.

ANZAC biscuits recipe

Makes 12 – 15 Anzac biscuits and takes 30 minutes in total.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and pour in melted butter.
  2. Add bi-carb soda and syrup dissolved in boiling water and mix well.
  3. Roll out the dough and shape it into small balls.
  4. Space the dough evenly on an oven tray and squash a little with a fork.
  5. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Anzac biscuits recipe source: The C.W. A. Cookery Book and Household Hints, The Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (Incorp), 1936.


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