Rosemary for Remembrance

 

Rosemary, an ancient symbol of remembrance, has particular significance for Australians as it can be found growing on the wild slopes of Gallipoli. Sprigs of Rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day, and often on Remembrance Day, by veterans and others attending services and parades.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an aromatic herb belonging to the family Labiatae. Its Latin origins indicate "dew of the sea", and the rich oil and perfume derived from the plant have been used for centuries. The ancients believed it strengthened the memory, and on this account it became an emblem of fidelity and a symbol of remembrance. It can thus be associated with the ANZAC tradition of being loyal to one's mates and active in honouring the memory of fallen and departed comrades.