ANZAC DAY Flowers and Laurel Wreaths
ANZAC Day is a public holiday in Australia. There are no deliveries on ANZAC Day. Please order flowers for memorial/ceremonies for delivery on Wednesday 24th April.
A suitable tribute for ANZAC Day is a flower or laurel wreath which is usually placed at a memorial site.
Read below for the history of the laurel wreath and flower tributes for ANZAC Day.
if you would like to organise flowers for ANZAC Day please contact our design centre. As ANZAC Day is a public holiday flowers will need to be delivered on Wednesday 24th April. Our contact details are 02 9550 7777.
The history of the Anzac Wreath
“Anzac” the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, was a combinated force of volunteer soldiers. The force of about 30,000 men took part in a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25th April 1915. The soldiers gained a reputation for bravery and skill displayed in fighting against the Turkish forces.
Anzac Day is a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand. Thousands of Veterans take part in memorial services, marches and reunions each year. The cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney is the focus point for the wreath laying. Laurel Chaplets are laid by the friends and families of veterans, as a act of gratitude for the lives lost in war. The laurel chaplet is a symbol of immortality.
The Laurel Family consist of trees and shrubs which grow in tropical and sub-tropical areas and are known for their spicy odour. Included are avocado, campfor, cinnamon. The true laurel’s sweet bay’s origin is near the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient Greeks used its leaves to crown victorious athletes at Mount Olympia for the Olympic Games, hence the historical basis of use for the Anzacs. The mountain laurel is also suitable for Anzac Chaplets because ita dark shiny leaves are of lasting quality. In Australia laurel chaplets are made of Prunus laurocerasus. The species name describes the likeness to the true lauel. True Bay leaves of Lauris Nobilis are similar in apprearance but the pungent smell of bay.
Rosemary is usually included in the Anzac tribute and a sprig is worn as a symbol of remembrance. It is an evergreen shrub of the mint family noted for the frangance of its leaves. Lavender also belongs to this family (lamiaceae). The plant is an emblem of fidelity and remembrance. Traditionally Rosemary is not sold, rather shared or given. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a Mediterranean native which grows freely there on the well drained limestone cliffs.
After World War I the Flanders poppy became a symbol of the tragedy of war and renewal of life, because poppies bloomed on many French and Belgium battelfields hence the name given to red poppy or ‘Flanders Poppy’. This black centred large red poppy is a mamber of the Papaver genus. InBelgium and nearby countries their prolific blooms line the roadsides as a seasonal reminder of the tragedy of war. Red paper popies have been sold for many years by The Salvation Ary in Australia to aid victims of war aroune Anzac Day. Today these poppies are known as a symbol of peace and are combined with resemary for remembrance. The Lest We Forget ribbon is always placed from top left to lower right hand side of the frame symbolising the bayonnet and rifle position held by soldiers when presenting arms.
Anzac Day is a very special day in Australia.