ROSEMARY ~ A SIGN OF REMEMBRANCE

ROSEMARY ~ A SIGN OF REMEMBRANCE

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Have you ever wondered why rosemary is worn as a sign of remembrance?

Rosemary has long featured in Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies, pinned to the lapels and collars of servicemen, attendees and school children alike. While it's unclear when rosemary was first worn, Anzac Day was first observed on 25 April 1916, and the aromatic herb has since become synonymous with the day.

The reason for wearing rosemary is two-fold: firstly, the smell of rosemary is thought to improve the memory, with reports of Greek scholars wearing rosemary in their hair to help them while they studied. Even Shakespeare referred to its symbolic meaning in Hamlet

Secondly, rosemary has a direct link with Gallipoli, where our troops fought in 1915 - rosemary can be found growing wild all over the peninsula.

So now you know, tell your friends and pin a sprig to your jackets. When cooking with it, the waft of Rosemary’s fragrance, can trigger a moment of reflection for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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