Every year to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers the Preschoolers head to the Australian War Memorial where we look at all of the different planes, uniforms, medals and get a better understanding of what life was like as a soldier during the wars. This year we were joined again by Gramps (Katharine's dad) who comes every year and Jess's friend Jeremy who works for the Airforce. Jeremy was kind enough to bring his special medals that he had received for years of service and different types of deployments and all of the different types of hats that he has to wear during the year.
While we were exploring the World War 1 gallery we watched a light and sound show which helped us to understand what it might have been like for the soldiers. This show scared us a little bit but it didn't take long for us to realise that it was just pretend and then we were really able to better comprehend what was going on. We found a boat that had holes in it and had discussions about how they got there. It was thought that it might have been made by rocks or maybe a huge gun.
After we had finished exploring the gallery we headed to the tomb of the Unkown Soldier where we paid our respects and left a wreath that we had made earlier in the week. It was then time for a picnic lunch at Poppy's cafe. Once we had finished eating Jeremy let us try on some of his different hats which was really fun!
We love going to the War Memorial and we love it even more when we have special people come with us to share their knowledge and experiences with us!