ANZAC Day, April 25, is one of the most important dates on the Australian calendar, a day of remembrance of service and sacrifice.
With world-wide COVID-19 health restrictions in place, Australia has been left no choice but to cancel the majority of the 2020 ANZAC Day services.
Instead this year we are being encouraged to find ways to mark ANZAC Day differently. To help you out here are our Top 5 ideas to mark ANZAC Day 2020.
Bake some delicious ANZAC biscuits
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of desiccated coconut
¾ cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon rind
125g of butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon of boiling water
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, 160 degrees if your oven is fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper and then sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the oats, coconut, sugar and lemon rind and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.
2. Place the butter and golden syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Zap them on high for 30 seconds or until the butter has melted, then give the butter mixture a bit of a stir.
3. Combine the bicarbonate of soda and a teaspoon of boiling water in a bowl then add it to the butter mixture. Now pour the liquid into the well you’ve created in the flour mixture and stir it all through until you have a nice firm dough.
4. Roll level tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place them apart on the tray, slightly flattened.
5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, make sure to swap the top rack with the bottom rack halfway through to ensure even cooking or the top rack might burn.
6. Let them stand for 5 minutes on their tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool down.
Make a DIY poppy wreath
What you'll need
1. Using a ruler draw two lines across the middle of your paper plate from edge to edge.
2. Cut along both lines and around the outside of your plate to remove the centre of the paper plate from the bordering rim. With your green paint, paint the remaining paper plate rim.
3. With your scissors carefully cut out the individual cups of the egg carton. Once you have cut them all out you can now paint them red and sit aside to dry.
4. Once your red egg carton cups are dry, paint the middle of them black and let dry.
5. Once all your poppies have dried you can now glue them onto your paper plate rim to form your wreath!
Make a DIY Rosemary wreath
Participate in the Driveway Dawn Service
RSL Queensland calls on Australians to honour the service of our Defence forces, past and present, by standing at the end of their driveways for a minute's silence this ANZAC Day.
With ANZAC Day services, events and parades cancelled across the nation due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris said such a display of solidarity would send a powerful message of support to Australia’s Defence community.
“This is an idea that has gathered momentum in social media, and we agree it's a brilliant way to collectively honour the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of our service people – even though we cannot physically be together,” Mr Ferris said.
He said Australians could safely commemorate ANZAC Day by standing at the end of their driveway or on a balcony at 6am and observing a minute’s silence.
“This ANZAC Day, I’d like to see all Australians participate in a different kind of Dawn Service, an intimate reflection conducted on a mass scale that unites us all in the ANZAC spirit.”
He said the qualities evoked by the ANZAC spirit – ingenuity, humour, endurance, courage and mateship – were more important than ever in times of uncertainty.
“Regardless of the form this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations take, let’s show that Australians will always remember those who have served and sacrificed for this nation,” he said.
Watch an ANZAC movie
The Water Diviner is an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery. Russell Crowe plays Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who suffered their own losses in the conflict. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth… and his own
Gallipoli is a story of how the irresistible lure of adventure and the unknown, combined with national pride, bring two young men (Mel Gibson and Mark Lee) together in the Australian army in 1915. They cross continents and great oceans, climb pyramids and walk through the ancient sands of Egypt to join their regiment at the fateful battle of Gallipoli. The echoes of history blend with the friends' compelling destiny as they become part of a legendary World War 1 confrontation between Australia and the German allied Turks- a battle that is to Australians what the Alamo is to Americans.