The Remembrance Day commemorations on November 11 rightly focus on those servicemen who gave their lives or suffered physically, mentally and or emotionally from their service to the country.
In 2023, whilst these men will always be honoured by the Friends of ANZAC Cottage, the focus will instead be on the women who supported the men in their often-fatal conflicts.
So, the Friends of ANZAC Cottage will share our thoughts with the nurses who worked under horrific conditions to assist and care for those injured and ill. We read in diaries and letters the heartfelt thanks that the service members gave to these selfless women.
Then again, we contemplate the widows whose husbands would not return to their homes. These ladies had to change their lives, become the breadwinners and learn how to survive without their partners.
In many cases, women showed their devotion and dedication through fundraising, knitting socks and hats, the compilation of ‘comfort packages for those in service, and even writing letters to the ‘boys’ who were so far from home.
The Friends of ANZAC Cottage appreciate and honour the contribution made by the nation’s women who stepped up when they were needed.
“During the conflict that was placed before them[women], they not only gained the gratitude of many in their own generation but they proved, for the first time on a global scale, the enormous value of a woman’s contribution, paving the way for future generations of women to do the same.” (Kathryn J. Atwood, Women Heroes of World War I:)
The Friends of ANZAC Cottage Remembrance Day commemorations will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 12.30 p.m. with guided tours of the Cottage by a descendant of the original recipient, children’s activities, a mini-exhibition based on the 1918 Armistice and the Field of Remembrance. The Sunset Service will begin at 5.00 p.m.
ANZAC Cottage is located at 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn, and entry is free. Don’t hesitate to contact Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.