Medals - Here they come—A day to remember
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Here they come—A day to remember has been developed for lower primary students to assist in developing students— understanding of commemoration. It explores a variety of characters and their perspectives on Anzac Day. Balancing fictional characters, stylised illustrations and photographs, the publication shows students that Anzac Day is significant to many Australians, is an important part of Australian community life, and is a respectful event containing commemorative traditions and symbols. The publication is supported by education materials that align to the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences.
I wonder if you noticed that some of the people in the story were wearing medals. Just like the ones I'm wearing. The veteran at the beginning, Derek, had medals on his jacket. Col wore his medals during the ceremony. Stan was also wearing medals when he was talking with Bert.
Medals tell us of the service of the person wearing them. Medals can show where a person served and of bravery awards they may have received. Medals are an official symbol of their service.
Derek, Caitlin, Col, Bert and Stan all went to war and earned their medals. We know this because they wear their medals on the left-hand side.
If you see someone wearing medals on the right-hand side, like I am today, you know that they are a family member of someone who served.
These medals belong to my dad who fought in the Second World War. I wonder if you know anyone who has medals like these? Or maybe you've seen someone wearing them on Anzac Day.