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Miscellaneous: 25 Apr 2020
ANZAC DAY - Apr 25th
April 25th is ANZAC DAY, honouring the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, along with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, who fought at Gallipoli in 1916.
From the Vimy Foundation -
On 25 April, ANZAC Day is observed in Australia and New Zealand, commemorating the sacrifices made by those serving in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. An annual event, ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli by Australia and New Zealand’s troops on 25 April 1915.
In their first major action of the First World War, the ANZAC forces suffered considerably. Alongside fellow Commonwealth forces (which included the Royal Newfoundland Regiment), their numbers were decimated by inclement weather, insufficient shelter and supplies, a skilled opponent and rampant disease. Conditions at Gallipoli were prone to disease and misery with cramped trenches and extreme fluctuations in weather – 145,000 Commonwealth troops became sick, and nearly 7,000 were hospitalized for frostbite. The suffering experienced in the Gallipoli Campaign galvanized the ANZAC forces and produced an indomitable spirit that became known as “the Anzac Legend”.
In the words of Charles Bean, Australia’s official war historian after 1918:
“Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never own defeat.”
It is important to note, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment also served in Gallipoli, arriving in September 1915 and serving as the rearguard during the evacuation off the continent in January 1916.
Comrades and Friends,
Many of us remember the great ANZAC cookies which used to be available at many Legions in April.
Why not make your own? Here's how, courtesy theindependent.co.uk -
Anzac Cookies (makes approx 12 cookies)
- 1 1/2 Cups rolled oats
- 1/2 Cup oat flour (if you don’t have oat flour, just process some oats in your blender ‘til fine flour)
- 1 Cup desiccated Coconut
- 1/2 Cup coconut sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 Tsp baking soda
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 Cup +2Tbls coconut oil (melted)
- 2 Tbsp Tahini
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp Coconut water
Heat oven 170c (fan).
In a bowl combine all dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil, tahini, maple syrup, coconut water and vanilla extract.
Add to the dry ingredients. Combine well.
Leave to stand for 5 mins.
With your hands, then gently roll mixture into medium-sized balls, place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, leaving enough room between each ball as they will spread whilst baking.
With a fork flatten slightly.
Place in oven for 15 mins or until browned.
Take out and leave to cool.
Enjoy your Anzac cookies!
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