Sunday, April 25, 2010


ANZAC Day (25 April) is observed in New Zealand and Australia, as a day of commemoration for those who died in the service of their country and to honour returned servicemen and women.

25 April is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. On the first anniversary of that landing services were held throughout the country in remembrance of the 2,721 New Zealand soldiers who died during the eight-month Gallipoli Campaign. Since 1916 ANZAC Day has evolved to the observance we know today.

Commemorative services begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members of the community for the Dawn Service.

Anzac Biscuits have also become part of this traditional day:Anzac  Biscuit
This is a basic recipe for Anzac Biscuits. It gives a chewy, moderately sweet version. Various things may be added to the mixture for variety: dried fruit, nuts, or spices such as ginger.

Melt 115g butter and 1.5 tablespoons of golden syrup. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Mix in: 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of coconut, ½ cup of sugar. Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto baking paper, and bake until a pale golden colour (about 15 minutes) at 180°C.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row ...

we shall remember them...


Sue-Anne said...

We commemorate the ANZACS today too in Australia. Lovely post Shiree

retdairyqueen said...

Indeed we will remember them

Potpourri said...

My Uncle Billy Mitchell was a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment , he and other Newfoundlanders fought alongside the NZ and Australian armies at Gallipoli. This was the only North American regiment to do so.
They also suffered an unprecedented defeat at Beaumont Hamel in France n 1916. 800 men killed in one day. My uncle carried a bullet in his lung for the next 45 years.He died in 1960.

So we remember as well.