Anzac Day is a pretty big deal here in Australia. I was first introduced to this holiday through the delicious Anzac biscuit. Click HERE for the recipe I used to make these and let me know if I need to translate some of the ingredients for you:-) Even Ryan enjoyed this version of these classic cookies and he’s not a coconut fan. Now that we’re here in Australian, we see that Anzac Day is about more than just a tasty cookie…excuse me, more than just a tasty biscuit.
Anzac Day commemorates the first major military action Australia and New Zealand fought in during WWI. Today we heard over and over again “Lest we forget.” Because this military action, along with many others, happened at dawn the first celebrations/remembrances began with a dawn service up at Kings Park and then there was a breakfast in the city.
We did not make it to either of those events but we found ourselves a great spot along the parade route. And we enjoyed the cool morning while chatting with a women next to us about Anzac Day and the celebrations. The parade had marching bands, lots of bagpipes and people of all ages marching in remembrance.
We enjoyed hearing the many versions of Waltzing Matilda and other songs too as current service men and women, veterans and family members marched by. Australia recognizes that they have fought alongside many other countries as well, so some of them (including the USA) were honored in the parade as well.
After the parade we walked over to the park where they held a memorial service. The Governor of Western Australia spoke as well as a wounded veteran. It was warm in the sun but we still enjoyed the service and hearing the choir sing about Australia. Anzac Day is yet another cultural experience for us here in Perth.