Top 5 ways to commemorate ANZAC Day as a family

RSL Queensland 20 April 2024
  • ANZACspirit
  • History & commemoration

Easy, affordable and kid-friendly ideas to help your family pay their respects to our veterans on 25 April.

1. Attend an ANZAC Day event together 

There’s no greater way to honour the ANZACs – and those who followed in their footsteps – than by commemorating together as a family at your local RSL Sub Branch service. Dawn Services take place as the sun rises, while marches and day services are traditionally held later and may be an easier option for young children. 

It’s never too early to attend a service and all members of the public are invited to join in. Family members of veterans are also welcome to wear their relatives’ medals at these events, following certain protocols. 

Find your nearest event at Plan Your ANZAC Day. Alternatively, if your family can’t attend a service in person, you can watch or listen to a live service online, on TV or on the radio.  

ANZAC Day service

2. Bake some delicious ANZAC biscuits 

Following the ceremonial proceedings of the morning, why not whip up an easy and tasty afternoon tea classic to share? We’ve got you covered with a mouth-watering ANZAC biscuit recipe that the whole family will love. Get your kids in the kitchen to help with measuring, mixing and (the best part) taste-testing.  

After cooking up a storm together, you can share the history of ANZAC biscuits with your little helpers over a cuppa. Not only will they learn about the origins of these delicious snacks, but they will gain an appreciation of their significance on these commemorative days. 

ANZAC biscuits

3. Plant a rosemary bush at home 

Did you know that rosemary is ANZAC Day’s traditional symbol of remembrance? You might notice people wearing sprigs of this aromatic plant on their lapels or medals on ANZAC Day, in memory of the fallen. Your family can easily join in this tradition as well. 

If your home has an outdoor space such as a backyard, garden bed, or balcony, you could consider planting your own rosemary shrub together as a family. Rosemary is an abundant, low maintenance and evergreen plant – perfect for even the most novice gardeners – and a flavourful addition to your homecooked meals.  

Plant an rosemary bush this anzac day

4. Share stories and family history 

Many families share a proud history of service, often memorialised through stories and artefacts. ANZAC Day is the perfect opportunity to pass these histories down to younger generations. You can also explore your family history through the National Archives of Australia’s Defence and War Service Records

For younger children, broaching topics of war and loss can be overwhelming. Resources such as the State Library of Queensland’s First 5 Forever Program offer great tips on safely including your youngest family members in ANZAC Day commemorations: for example, by introducing age-appropriate book titles and using new words and phrases in conversation, such as ‘lest we forget’. 

Share stories this anzac day

 5. Get creative to commemorate 

If your kids love arts and crafts, why not organise some fun activities to help them unleash their inner Picasso while also commemorating ANZAC Day? You don’t need to invest in a heap of supplies to do this; masterpieces can be made from many repurposed, recycled and/or inexpensive materials. 

Need some ideas to get those creative juices flowing? Your family could: 

  • create a wreath of rosemary or paper poppies to display in your home  
  • decorate a postcard to thank and honour our veterans for their service  
  • write a reflective poem or letter about what ANZAC Day means to you. 

Postcards of Honour

More Tips and ideas 

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where you go to commemorate ANZAC Day – as long as our service men and women are close to your thoughts. 

See more helpful tips on planning your ANZAC Day. 


Plan Your ANZAC Day