November 11 marks 100 years since Armistice Day* and the end of World War I — a century since the moment that changed lives, and saved lives.
As the significant anniversary approaches, News Corp Australia, which publishes Kids News, is celebrating the true strength and spirit of the ANZACs by unveiling a limited-edition, 15-day coin collection for readers.
Developed in partnership with Westpac, Legacy, and the Royal Australian Mint, the coins are inspired by the Australian War Memorial’s stunning, yet sombre*, Hall of Memory.
Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson said the 15 values in the ANZAC Spirit collection — united, patriotic, loyal, knowledgeable, independent, honest, enduring, disciplined, devoted, decisive, resourceful, daring, curious, confident and brave — were inspired by the values above the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, and were important to a fulfilled life.
“Any young Australian that wants to be reminded throughout his or her life, of what really counts — get the coins and keep them,” he encouraged.
“When I look at the coins, I ask myself — do I continue to be an Australian who is worthy of the sacrifice that had been made by that remarkable generation.”
Canberra’s Catriona Smith said her family had a long history with the armed forces, and her children, Edie, 10, and Monty, 6, laid a wreath* during last year’s moving Last Post* ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
“That moment really gives you chills, and it’s important for the children to know the history of service, right back to World War I,” she said.
Year 4 pupil Edie said she was inspired by the coin collection, and would use it as a way to remember why Armistice Day was so important.
“It helps us remember people who have died and people that you love — and those people died for us to have peace, and we have to remember that,” she said.
The first of 15 coins — United — together with a unique collector’s album, will be free with News Corp Australia papers across the country this weekend.
After that, a different coin will be released daily for two weeks, costing $3 with the paper.
The release of the unique coin collection coincides with initiatives including the #ThanksForServing campaign, commemorating the importance of the Remembrance Day centenary.
For more information visit anzaccoincollection.com.au
Armistice Day: marks the agreement signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany to end the war at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.
sombre: serious or sad
wreath: flowers arranged in a ring
Last Post: Army bugle song played in remembrance
LISTEN TO TODAY’S STORY
1. How many years is it since the end of World War I?
2. Who is Brendan Nelson?
3. List the first three values mentioned in the story.
4. What is the Last Post?
5. Why does Edie believe Armistice Day is important?
1. Letter back home.
Pretend you are a soldier fighting in World War I and write home to your family about your feelings on Armistice Day when the war was officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Time: Allow 30 minutes
Curriculum links: English, history, humanities
Write down the 15 values the coins represent and tick the ones you feel you possess. Look up their meanings in the dictionary if you do not know their meaning.
Give examples of why you think you possess these values and why the value is important to you.
Time: Allow 30 minutes
Curriculum links: English, humanities
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?
HAVE YOUR SAY: Which of the 15 values in the collection do you think are most important? Why? Which values do you know you have?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.