Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Lest We Forget

Today marks 97 years since the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli. Thousands of brave young men fought for our country all those years ago, and today we stop and remember these men, and all of the other men and women who have served or are currently serving our country.

These men and women are true heroes, sacrificing so much and yet they proudly march on. The Anzac spirit is something that will not quickly be forgotten - courage under fire, loyalty and true mateship.

Take a moment throughout your day to reflect on and to honour the service of these wonderful people. Also remember the families that stand behind them, supporting and loving.

If you were able to attend a dawn service this morning, you will understand just how incredibly touching the experience is. If you have the opportunity in future to do so, attending a dawn service is one of the most moving ways in which you can remember the Anzacs. As the sun rises over the hundreds of people gathered and the bugle pierces through the cool morning air, emotions are stirred and you can't help but get goosebumps as you remember our brave soldiers.

It is so heartening to see the ever-growing numbers attending dawn services. It is wonderful to see families bringing their children, as we teach the youngest generation about all that Anzac Day encompasses. After all, they are the ones who will continue to remember and to carry on the Anzac tradition one day.

If you would like another way to remember Anzac Day, you could also make some Anzac Biscuits. If you have children, get them involved in the cooking process and use the moment to tell them some of the history behind the iconic biscuits:
"During World War 1, the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the Australian soldiers were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Here was a problem. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy. Most of these were lucky to maintain a speed of ten knots (18.5 kilometers per hour). Most had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to be able to remain edible after periods in excess of two months. A body of women came up with the answer - a biscuit with all the nutritional value possible..."
- Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (QLD)
 The ago old debate is over whether today's biscuits should be cooked until hard, or still slightly soft. We'll leave that up to you =) But this recipe comes from the Australian War Memorial website and is an original recipe provided by Mr Bob Lawson, who was an ANZAC present at the Gallipoli landing.

Ingredients (makes approx 35 biscuits):
1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats and coconut
115g of butter
1 tbsp treacle or golden syrup
2 tbsp boiling water (add a little extra water if the mixture is too dry)
1 tsp bi-carb soda

- Grease biscuit tray and preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Combine dry ingredients
- Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and bi-carb soda, then add to mixture
- Mix butter and dry ingredients
- Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden

 Lest We Forget
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