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Anzac Day Wreaths

Anzac Day is observed on the 25th of April every year. Originally a day to remember our troops who fought in WWI, the day is now used to commemorate all of our fallen soldiers who served Australia and New Zealand in wars and conflicts. Anzac Day wreath flowers are the traditional way to honour those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Throughout services and ceremonies held on Anzac Day, flowers are used to pay respects and are often laid on graves and memorials.

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The Significance of Anzac Day

When Great Britain declared war against Germany for its invasion of Belgium in 1914, Australia and New Zealand formed a shared allegiance that led to the formation of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), uniting soldiers from both nations under a common banner.

April 25 commemorates the day the ANZACs landed in Gallipoli, Turkey to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, which is an ally of Germany. However, the plan swiftly turned into a prolonged deadlock that lasted eight months, which eventually led to their withdrawal from the peninsula. By the end of 1915, over 8,000 Australian soldiers lost their lives. Although their military objectives failed, their bravery and sacrifices left a powerful legacy and tradition, now known as Anzac Day.[1]

Today, Anzac Day not only honours the bravery and sacrifice of the Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli, but also pays tribute to all Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who have died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping missions. It is a day of commemoration and national pride, symbolising the courage and sacrifice of those who have served their countries.

The Role of Wreaths in Anzac Day Commemorations

Since ancient times, Romans have used wreaths to symbolise strength, bravery, and triumph. This tradition has carried on throughout history, with wreaths often laid at memorials to remember those who have died in service.

During Anzac Day, individuals, organisations, and dignitaries lay wreaths at memorials and are often accompanied by moments of silence, prayers, or readings. The Anzac wreath often consists of symbolic flowers like poppies, further emphasising the themes of remembrance and sacrifice. Through this tradition of laying Anzac wreaths, the sacrifices of the past are never forgotten.[2]

Types of Flowers Commonly Used in Anzac Day Wreaths

Several types of flowers are commonly used in Anzac Day wreaths, each carrying its own symbolic meaning.

Roses can be a poignant addition to Anzac Day wreaths, symbolising remembrance and respect for the fallen. Red roses in memorial wreaths represent courage and passion, while white ones symbolise purity and peace. When mixed with other traditional Anzac Day symbols like poppies and rosemary, roses can add a touch of beauty and sentimentality to the wreath.

Irises symbolise wisdom, courage, and hope, making them a fitting tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women. Wreaths with Purple irises in particular convey a profound sense of honour and respect for the Anzacs, representing the dignity and admiration we hold for their selfless service.

Rosemary is often associated with remembrance and memory, serving as a poignant reminder of the bravery and resilience of those who served and sacrificed their lives. 

Poppies are known to have grown during springtime amidst the trenches and battlefields of Europe. They were introduced to Australia from France in 1921, and sold by the war widows to support those incapacitated by the war. Today, these vivid red flowers are often used in wreaths as a heartfelt tribute and remembrance to the shed blood of the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to their respective nations.

In ancient times, laurel wreaths were given to victorious athletes and warriors as a symbol of their triumph and valour. The laurel’s association with victory and glory has continued through the ages, making it a fitting addition to commemorations honouring the sacrifices of soldiers.

Various native Australian flowers are commonly incorporated into Anzac Day wreaths, such as wattles, waratahs, and kangaroo paws. These blooms represent the spirit of the nation and honour the service of Australian soldiers.

How to Choose the Right Wreath for Your Service

Choosing wreaths for Anzac Day involves considering several factors to ensure it is appropriate and meaningful. Here are some steps to guide you in selecting the right wreath:

1. Choose Appropriate Flowers

Select blooms that are not only visually appealing but also hold symbolic significance. Poppies, rosemary, laurel leaves, and native Australian flowers are ideal choices for Anzac Day. You can also add white flowers such as lilies to represent purity, peace, and the hope for a better future free from conflict. Red flowers like carnations and roses also symbolise courage, sacrifice, and love, paying tribute to the bravery and selflessness of those who served their country.

2. Consider Size and Style

Identify the appropriate size and style of the wreath based on the setting and purpose of the service. For larger ceremonies, a grand and elaborate wreath may be more fitting, while smaller gatherings may call for simpler arrangements.

3. Personalise if Possible

If appropriate, consider personalising the wreath to honour specific individuals or groups. This may include adding ribbons, flags, or other embellishments bearing names of messages of tribute. “Lest We Forget” is a phrase commonly used on Anzac Day wreaths to express remembrance and respect for the fallen soldiers.

Caring for Your Anzac Day Wreath

Preserve the freshness of your Anzac Day Wreath with these simple tips:

Ordering Anzac Day Wreaths from Interflora™ Australia

Let Interflora™ Australia be your floral partner in commemorating the solemnity of Anzac Day. With our carefully curated selection of flowers and wreaths, crafted with reverence and respect, you can honour the legacy of our servicemen and women in a meaningful and beautiful way.

Browse our collection of wreaths for Anzac Day and place your order early to get your chosen arrangement delivered in time for the commemoration. Just choose between ZipPay or Afterpay to place your order and our team will take care of the rest. Secure your order now for timely delivery and ensure a meaningful tribute on Anzac Day.

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