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Bits & Pieces

  • Anyone can volunteer as a collector for the Appeals
  • ANZAC stands for Australia And New Zealand Army Corps
  • The Dawn Service symbolises the dawn landing at Gallipoli and since 1920, it has become a traditional form of remembrance on ANZAC Day
  • ANZAC Day, April 25, marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War
  • WW1 was known as the ‘war to end all wars’
  • ANZAC Biscuits were sent to loved ones overseas during WWI and also sold locally to raise money for Returning Servicemen and women
  • You can buy an ANZAC badge in April, leading up to ANZAC Day from volunteer collections in your community
  • The first Poppy Appeal was run in Australia in 1921  
  • The Poppy was chosen as the emblem of remembrance after Canadian military physician, John McCrae wrote the moving and powerful poem In Flanders Fields
  • The minute of silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month started in 1919 as a tribute to those who died on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Europe and the Middle East
  • Remembrance Day was originally known as Armistice Day
  • You can buy a Poppy from volunteer collectors in your community in the lead up to Remembrance Day on November 11
  • In 1921 one million silk poppies were made by French war widows and orphans and shipped to Australia for the first Poppy Appeal
  • Money raised during the Appeals assists ex-service men and women and their dependants in times of need
  • Anyone can volunteer as a collector for the Appeals
  • During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium
  • The Last Post is a bugle call which is sounded at commemorative ceremonies prior to the minute of silence
  • The Rouse was played each morning throughout the war to awaken soldiers and prepare them for the new day
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels played a significant role in Australia's Kokoda campaign by using their local knowledge of the land to carry our injured troops back to safety and medical attention
  • You can buy a Poppy from volunteer collectors in your community in the lead up to Remembrance Day on November 11

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