Read the article 'Once lost now found' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. What do you know about ANZAC Day? Have you ever been to an ANZAC Day dawn service?
2. Why is commemorating ANZAC Day important?
3. Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? Where did you visit? What was your experience?
4. The article 'Once lost now found', says pilgrimages don't have to be just to religious sites, but to any sacred site including Gallipoli. Do you agree? Why or why not?
5. Why is it important for people to visit battlefields and gravesites like Gallipoli? How does this help us remember the human sacrifice and historical significance of these places?
1. Imagine you are a soldier at Gallipoli. Write a letter home expressing your fears and concerns with your family. What is it like to be a soldier so far away from home? What are your hopes and fears?
2. Go to Australian Catholics magazine and find our ANZAC Day liturgy or our brand new Peace liturgy. Choose one liturgy to host for your school or class and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
For younger students
Teachers could read or summarise the article, 'Once lost now found', for students. Discuss with your class the history of ANZAC Day, why we commemorate this every year and why it's significant to Australian history.
Students can then make card or postcards to send to our troops abroad and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Teachers can find where to send cards at www.defence.gov.au/MessageToTroops.
Students could also hold a fundraiser to support 'Soldiers On', an organisation that supports the rehabilitation of wounded Australian soldiers.