Commemorative activity ideas
There are many ways to commemorate such an important time in Australia’s history. Some suggestions for activities and commemorative events include:
- Find out what’s on and take part in the local commemorative activities, ceremonies and marches over the four years of the Centenary.
- Restore your local war memorial and ensure it has been registered on the War Memorial Register. If it is not registered, record and document the memorial. For more information visit warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au.
- Work with your local council to plant or restore an avenue of trees or a remembrance garden with rosemary and Flanders poppies to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. Consider placing a plaque naming a local family whose relative died or participated in the First World War.
- Liaise with your local RSL or ex-service organisation to help aged community members participate in local commemorative marches and events.
- Work with your local museum or library to create an exhibition of mementos including medallions, coins and stamps, pictures, letters, newspaper articles and personal stories from your local area particular to the 1914-1918 war years to display.
- Research a historic war time place of significance within NSW such as the route of a recruitment march or traditional Anzac Day march.
- Develop a writing or art competition for young people to create a work in response to a brief on the subject of Anzac.
- Research local ex-service personnel including the town where they enlisted, where they served, if they were prisoners of war and/or made the ultimate sacrifice.
- Research your community’s contribution to the war effort. This can include the activities of the Home Armies and other key institutions like repatriation hospitals.
- Locate and if necessary restore and exhibit your local area’s honour roll.
- Host a dinner or lunch in conjunction with your local RSL sub-branch and invite current and former Australian Defence Force personnel to speak.
- Support veterans through the RSL, Legacy, War Widows’ Guild and other ex-service organisations.
Use these as a starting point to create something that will be meaningful for you and your local community. Every town and city has its own story. For further information visit veterans.nsw.gov.au or your local RSL sub-branch, council or historical society.