ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is on the 25th of April because it commemorates the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli on this day in 1915. It was the first military assault that the Australian and New Zealand armies had been part of.
Anzac Day is the day that we remember the men and women who have gone to war on our behalf. There are marches which happen in each capital city, dawn services, legal two-up (gambling) in the streets, anzac biscuits and lots of national pride.
I don't agree with war but the older I get the more I want to honor those who have died protecting us in the wars we have been involved in, and also pass this respect on to my boys.
I would rather that we have a national day of peace, but I also don't want to disrespect those who were in the wars just because I don't agree with war.
I also am going to add the recipe for Anzac Biscuits not only because they were made specifically in relation to sending food to those at war but also because they are incredibly yummy.
ANZAC Biscuit Popular Version
(From a original recipe provided by Mr Bob Lawson, an ANZAC present at the Gallipoli landing)
1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats and coconut
4 oz butter
1 tablespoon treacle (golden syrup)
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 teaspoon carbonate soda (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)
1. Grease biscuit tray and pre heat oven to 180C
2. Combine dry ingredients
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and soda add to butter mixture.
4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients.
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks