The 2021 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards are now open. This year they encourage students across the nation to learn about veteran service and Australian wartime history and ask the question, ‘What does commemoration look like in your community?’
The awards look to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of Australians across a wide range of conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
This year students are being asked to look at the importance of commemoration to local communities and how that has changed over time in our society.
With many Anzac Day services around Australia and overseas last year not proceeding, we saw Australian communities adapt and commemorate Anzac Day in their homes — painting poppies and placing them in windows of houses, school children writing letters to our elderly veterans in aged care facilities, music tributes, current serving members calling veterans to check in, and solitary driveway tributes — the local community truly became the centre point of commemoration.
Initiatives such as the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards help to ensure that Australia’s future generations grow up with opportunities to learn about those who have served our nation and what they sacrificed.
I encourage all schools across Australia, teachers and students alike, to get creative this year with their entries and to make sure that you showcase what commemoration means to your local community.
Visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Anzac Portal – https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/research-education/competitions/anzac-day-schools-awards for information on how to apply.
The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel