From Megan in Brisbane: The People’s Anzac Day

27 April. I loved the piece written by Anne from Adelaide on the history of Anzac Day, the day which commemorates the sacrifices made by the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in the First World War.

Anzac Day wreath

My daughter-in-law made the wreath herself. It looked really beautiful in the early morning light. Each of the six members of the family had a candle which she had decorated with rosemary. Rosemary is the herb considered to assist with memory, so it is fitting that it is traditionally used to decorate the remembrance candles on Anzac Day. They were outside their house for a memorable dawn service, different from any that have come before, and which may not be experienced again. Honoring the fallen in the time of coronavirus. My daughter-in-law said it was a very special occasion that she will remember for years to come.

people’s day candle

Families came out with their candles; someone had the recording of the Last Post which was haunting and moving as it echoed down the street. The silence was palpable and parents and children alike felt the weight of sacrifice in those moments of remembrance.