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At the end of each day, the Australian War Memorial farewells visitors with the Last Post ceremony. Incorporating the stirring sounds of a bugler and a piper with a story of one of the Australians recorded on the Roll of Honour, the ceremony is a moving commemorative service.
Visitors are invited to lay a wreath or floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. Each wreath and floral tribute is accompanied by a commemorative card recording your personal message of remembrance. These messages are catalogued and archived by the Memorial and kept in perpetuity. If you would like to lay a wreath, please see Memorial staff in the Orientation Gallery before the ceremony.
Hear Their Stories
The Roll of Honour lists Australians who have died while serving in war, peacekeeping or other operations. Inscribed on bronze panels and their names are a constant reminder of the cost of war. Every day the Last Post ceremony remembers their sacrifice with a reading of one of their stories.
Upcoming Last Post Ceremonies
To find out about the stories being presented, please visit the Australian War Memorial Last Post web page or Facebook page here! You can also email the Australian War Memorial – firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Share photos of your Last Post ceremony experience with the Memorial and friends through Facebook and Instagram.
Australia’s Federation Guard
On the first and third Wednesday of each month the Last Post Ceremony includes the presence of Australia’s Federation Guard. At 4.00 pm a catafalque party mounts a vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Hall of Memory. There is a change of guard at 4.30 pm, and the entire catafalque party then participates in the Last Post Ceremony.
Live stream via webcam
To enable anyone in Australia or overseas to view the Last Post ceremony, it is broadcast live daily on Memorial’s website as well as on the Memorial’s dedicated Last Post Ceremony YouTube channel and Facebook, from approximately 4.55 pm AEST. The ceremony is a memorable occasion, engaging visitors and offering them the opportunity to remember those Australians who have lost their lives in war and to reflect on their service and sacrifice.
View the live webcast on the Australian War Memorial’s YouTube Channel here.