I was asked to recite The Ode of Rememberance at our Primary School ANZAC Day assembly in front of the Hon. Nick Greiner AC, 300 odd students and teachers and my ever so proud parents.
In the weeks leading up to the assembly I spent every waking hour that I was not in school diligently studying the poem, desperately trying to commit it to memory. I was a nervous wreck, unable to fully focus on anything but my upcoming recital and the overwhelming pressure of performing in front of such honoured guests.
The crinkled printout of those famous words was never far from my reach. For hours and hours I poured over the material, correcting nuances, pauses and full stops, until I felt I had perfected the reading.
When I read the stanza now it seems so concise.
My 12 year old self recalls it as the equivalent of the Iliad or Beowulf.
The recital was a success.
Once at home, my newly confirmed oratory skills were commemorated by my parents presenting me with an inscribed copy of Banjo Paterson’s Poems of the Bush and a plate of ANZAC biscuits.
I was as proud as punch.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Ode of Remembrance is taken from the Laurence Binyon poem For The Fallen
Melt 125g melted butter and pour into your mixing bowl, now add 1 tablespoon golden syrup.
In a little cup mix together 2 tablespoons boiling water and 1tsp bicarb soda.
Add the bicarb mixture to the golden syrup mixture.
Then add 100g (1 cup) rolled oats, 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut, 220g raw sugar and 150g (1 cup) of plain flour.
Roll in to balls and squish down.
Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
Enjoy and Remember.