Here They Come—A Day to Remember digibook

Here They Come - A Day to Remember is designed to help students in lower primary develop an understanding of commemoration.

The book introduces different characters and explores their perspectives on Anzac Day. Balancing fictional characters, stylised illustrations and photographs, the book teaches students that Anzac Day is:

  • significant to many Australians for many reasons
  • an important part of Australian community life
  • a respectful event with commemorative traditions and symbols

The book and its supporting educational materials align with the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Commemoration

Anzac Day and Remembrance Day are important days in Australia. On these days, Australians pause to remember the men and women who have served in Australia's defence forces in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. In this book, find out what Anzac Day means for different members of the community.

A drawing of a boy point to the words 'Here they come a day to remember'

Wil

'I still can't see anything, Dad,' complained Wil.

He wondered what he was doing here. He wondered what everyone was doing here.

Wil knew today was about remembering war. But that seemed strange to him. Why would anyone want to think about something so sad? He didn't even understand why we had wars.

'Here they come,' said Dad as he lifted Wil onto his shoulders.

'Can you see them marching?'

A drawing depicting a group people looking at the same direction

Caitlin

Caitlin's feet moved to the beat of the booming drum.

Smiling, she glanced across at all the people who had come to watch – to thank her and the others for their service.

Her time in Afghanistan had been tough. The dangers were real. Being alert and well trained had helped keep her safe.

She was proud to be marching here today.

A drawing depicting a people in including a band marching down the road with others on the side looking one

Roslyn

Roslyn looked at the marchers, old and young, as they took their seats. She wished her father was still here to take his place. Anzac Day was a day she had shared with him since she was a young girl.

Yet she didn't feel lonely. Not in this crowd. She was one of many who had come together today to reflect. She was part of this community.

A drawing depicting a group of people looking at a photograph of a man in uniform standing behind a young girl

Col

'We must never forget them,' said the girl at the microphone.

Col fingered the photo in his pocket. He didn’t need to take it out. He knew every detail of the young face at Nui Dat – the half smile and scattering of freckles.

Col could never forget. Even when he tried.

But he wondered what the point of remembering was if we didn't learn from the past. People were still going to war. Brothers, like his, were still dying.

Col felt the weight of his own medals against his chest. He closed his eyes.

A drawing depicting a girl talking in a microphone to an audience

Samir

Samir tilted his head to see what was happening.

He was still learning about the traditions of his new home. Many things were strange to him, but he understood the importance of honouring those who had fought for their country.

He looked around at the crowd and thought of his family in Sudan. He wished they were here too. There was still no peace for them.

A drawing depicting an elderly woman laying a wreath at a memorial with people watching on

Libby

As the sound of the bugle faded, Libby tightened her grip on Ellie's fingers. The minute of silence began.

This part of the ceremony was always hard. Thoughts of Luke crowded her mind. Luke in his uniform, Luke at the beach, Luke cradling their baby girl.

Libby took a deep breath. She was proud of Luke. He loved being an army officer and he died serving his country. It was hard without him.

A drawing depicting a soldier playing the bugle with an Australian flag flying at half mast and a group of people and children watching the bugler

Rose

As the crowd moved away, Rose paused at the memorial – 'The Great War', it said. So many names. Most of the men were not much older than her when they went to war.

Life was so different for Rose and her friends – school, parties, holidays.

She reached out and touched one of the names. Banner A. C.

She wondered where he had fought. What had he seen? How had he felt? Who had he left behind?

'Thanks, she whispered.

A drawing depicting a girl point to names on a wall while a come and child watches from behind

Bert

'Another Anzac Day,' said Bert. 'We've done a few of these.'

Only the two of them had made it this year but Bert loved catching up with Stan. They had shared so much at Kokoda – stories, fear, exhaustion. There were things they had been through that no one else could understand. Not even their families.

But there was laughter too.

'Remember when the wild pig came into your tent?' smiled Bert. 'I've never seen anyone run as fast as you did.'

'Yeah, that'd be right,' said Stan. 'It's a shame these old legs aren’t up to that any more.'

Bert offered his old friend another biscuit, and hoped they'd be together again next Anzac Day.

A drawing depicting two elderly men sitting engaged in coversation holding cups of tea with 3 other people behind them talking amongst themselves

Conclusion

It was a day to remember

A drawing depicting an elderly man standing in a bedroom holding a framed photograph of seamen dressed in white uniform.
Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Conclusion

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Curriculum notes

Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences Literacy - Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3

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