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Operation Rosemary 2024

Posted on | By Jayne Cree

ANZAC Day is an important calendar date for all Australians and a day which Legacy undertakes to commemorate those that have died while serving in the Defence Forces.

OPERATION ROSEMARY is an annual activity when Legacy distributes sprigged rosemary to the public at ANZAC Day activities: marches, dawn services and commemorative sporting events. More than 40,000 sprigs of rosemary are prepared by volunteers in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

Rosemary, in ancient times, was supposed to strengthen memory. Greek scholars wore rosemary in their hair to help remember their studies, and the association with remembrance has carried through to modern times. In literature and folklore it is an emblem of remembrance. Rosemary also grew wild on the hills of Gallipoli and Australian and New Zealand soldiers picked a sprig of rosemary and gave it to a mate as they were heading off to fight.

On ANZAC Day, the wearing of small sprigs of rosemary in the coat lapel, pinned to the breast or held in place by medals is thus synonymous with remembrance and commemoration. For many it is a symbol of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Show your support this ANZAC Day by displaying a tray of rosemary and collecting donations in your workplace, school, pub, club or hotel.

Rosemary Trays are only available for organisations within the Sydney metro region and will be delivered between Wednesday 17 April and Tuesday 23 April 2024.

Order your rosemary tray today here

The cut-off time for orders is 5:00PM on Sunday 14 April 2024.

Jayne Cree
Jayne Cree