‘Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valor in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never own defeat.’ Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean
The wording above, written by Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean, is as powerful today as for the soldiers it was written to describe, who, in 1915 stormed the beaches of Gallipoli on 25 April.
The World Wars changed a generation of Australians and New Zealand peoples, as it did countless generations across the World. Although ANZAC day is a chance to reflect on the courageous efforts and sacrifice of brave Australian and New Zealand soldiers, I think it is also the chance to remember all who have given their lives in the face of conflict to keep us safe.
In the challenging times we currently face, with outbreaks of COVID-19 across the World, it is powerful to see communities pulling together, helping each other, Governments making difficult decisions, and key workers pushing themselves to the limits of endurance to care for the sick and keep our communities safe.
In times of great peril, look for the helpers, look for the brave, look for the ones who normally live in the shadows of your community and shine brightest when they are needed the most.
In the World Wars it was our Grandparents and Great Grandparents and others who will always and forever be nameless but never forgotten. Thank you.
Today, it is everyone who is doing their part to keep everyone else safe, healthy, fed, comforted, educated, and loved; it is you. Thank you.
For our family, remembering the fallen is very important as we have friends and family who are serving in the Armed Forces.
So this morning we did some activities to create poppies and rosemary to put in our garden and hang in our windows ready for the #DrivewayDawnService on Saturday 25th April at 5:55am. If you would like to know more, visit https://www.rslwa.org.au/news/rslwa-invites-aussies-to-embrace-the-spirit-of-mateship-this-anzac-day/
Templates can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.
Poppy picture with cupcake cases
What you need:
- Plain paper
- Black and green pen
- 6-8 small red cupcake cases
- Glue stick
On the plain paper, draw some green stems and leaves. Turn the cupcake cases inside out so the red is on the inside. Colour a black circle in the center. Use the glue stick to stick the poppy cases onto the top of the green stems.
Poppies on stems for the garden
- Lolly sticks or reusable straws
- Red card/plain card
- Black pen
- Template (see below)
- Sticky tape
Using the template, draw out a poppy onto your chosen card. If using plain card, colour the poppy red. Cut out the poppy. Stick the lolly stick or straw to the back of the poppy using the sticky tape. Put in your garden!
Rosemary colouring page
This beautiful rosemary stem was hand drawn by my father-in-law. Print of the resource below, colour in and display in your window.
Thank you for reading!