Students Unite to Write 'Postcards of Honour' This ANZAC Day19 April 2023
Ahead of ANZAC Day on Tuesday 25 April, students from 170 schools across Queensland will pen thousands of postcards to honour and thank veterans for their service.
Harnessing the age-old tradition of letter writing, RSL Queensland has launched a creative and educational initiative for ANZAC Day called ‘Postcards of Honour’.
Through Postcards of Honour, children will learn about ANZAC Day and be encouraged to create handwritten and illustrated postcards acknowledging current and ex-serving Defence Force members for their service.
RSL Queensland State President Major General Stephen Day DSC AM said students were encouraged to explore their personal connection to ANZAC Day, with a focus on how the past has influenced the outcomes possible for their future.
“We are looking forward to seeing this activity engage more than ten thousand primary school children across the state as they take the time to honour and thank local veterans for their service,” MAJGEN Day said.
“This initiative is an important opportunity for the next generation to connect with the power of the ANZAC spirit and their local veteran community.”
As part of the initiative, students will have the opportunity to explore the historic significance of postcards and letters during wartime, particularly focusing on how communication provided vital connection and support to those serving in the armed forces.
Each participating school will receive a presentation from their local RSL Queensland Sub Branch and all postcards are set to be hand distributed to veterans across Queensland – building connections within communities and across generations.
Postcards and letters have historically offered vital connection and support to those serving in the military. In the same way, Postcards of Honour provides each veteran with a personal and tangible token of gratitude, while also encouraging each child’s unique creative expression.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces (ANZACs) during the First World War. Every year, Australians observe this day by honouring the legacy of the ANZACs and all who have served or sacrificed for our nation.
For more information on how to get involved and to download your own Postcard of Honour, visit rslqld.org/postcards-of-honour.