ANZAC Day

To all those unselfish heroes who have given everything for us – you will never be forgotten.

Today (25th April) is observed as ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand, and is a day to commemorate and remember those serving in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Most notably, this day was started to honour who lost their lives at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. The day has since expanded to celebrate all those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives.
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have
Become our sons as well.

The Anzacs were courageous during their attempted unseating of the Ottoman Empire during WWI and although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left a powerful legacy.

Memorial services at held at dawn, the time when the allied troops arrived at Gallipoli on 25th April. National pride and honour ensure that it is a tradition and day of remembrance for all, regardless on their political or personal opinions about conflict. Wreaths are laid all around the world.

The Humble ANZAC Biscuit

During World War One, the friends and families of soldiers and community groups sent food to the fighting men. Due to the time delays in getting food items to the front lines, they had to send food that would remain edible, without refrigeration, for long periods of time that retained high nutritional value; the Anzac biscuit met this need.

The humble ANZAC biscuit is simple in its making, with flour, oats, sugar, butter as its main ingredients. The mothers, wives and lovers of the brave ANZAC would either send these to the front line, or sell them at galas and events to support their overseas troops. The first recipe for an ANZAC biscuit was published in 1921, although the recipe was most probably used before then.

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I attempted to make ANZAC biscuits today in honour of ANZAC day. The recipe is really similar to follow, just allow that the biscuits will spread when they are baked, but they are meant to look rustic and homemade! Plus they taste great and are for a celebratory day!

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