Events  The Anzac Day Tradition
25/04/201600:00 TV5MONDE



 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
 
We will remember them.❞  


Poem ‘For the Fallen’, written by Laurence Binyon in 1914 in England.
 
The name “ANZAC” stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.” This day is dedicated to remember those forces and the pride they took to endure to this day.

April 25th or the Anzac day marks Australia’s and New Zealand's most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans. It marks the anniversary for the first major military action that was fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. This day was officially named Anzac day in 1916. Today, Australians recognizes April 25th as an occasion of national Remembrance Day.
 
As this year marks the centenary, of Anzac, the Australian Government is supporting a great number of commemorative, educational and cultural initiatives. 
According to the website
Anzaccentenary.gov.au, Anzac Day will also be commemorated in France at the Australian National Memorial in Villier-Bretonneux, where there will be an Anzac Day Dawn Service at 3.15 am, followed by a Dawn Service at 5.30 am. 





 
 
A typical Anzac Day ceremony may include the following practices. Prayers, hymn, laying of wreaths, a moment of silence, marches and singing the national anthem.
 
Families often place red poppies beside the name of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour as a symbol of remembrance.


 


During the First World War, families of soldiers and community groups sent food to fighting men but due to the delays in getting food items to the front lines, they had to send food that would remain edible and high in nutrition. This is how the Anzac biscuit was made to meet this need.
 
Although there are variations, the basic ingredients of this Anzac biscuits are plain flour, rolled oats, sugar, coconut, butter, and golden syrup.
 
The biscuit was first called the ‘Soldier’s biscuit’. However, it has changed, as it became Australia’s desire to recognize the Anzac tradition as a part of staple diet.


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