First and third Wednesday of each month, starting at 4 pm

Please Note: Due to the Christmas shutdown of the Australian defence department, participation of the Australia’s Federation Guard in the Last Post Ceremony will recommence from the first Wednesday in February 2014.
 

Be part of the changing of the Guard

Australia’s Federation Guard is a tri-service ceremonial unit of the Australian Defence Force. Its members have been carrying out ceremonial duties since March 2000. It provides a ceremonial presence during visits to Australia by foreign dignitaries and for civil and military events, including here at the Australian War Memorial.

 

The Federation Guard forms a catafalque party around the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier The Federation Guard forms a catafalque party around the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier

The service involves the Federation Guard forming a catafalque party around the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier. You may ask what is a catafalque party? Historically a catafalque was a support for a coffin, but it has come to be represented by a remembrance stone or tomb. A catafalque party was originally appointed to guard a coffin from theft or desecration. Now it performs a ceremonial role, honouring the dead.

Complete your afternoon by watching the Federation Guard take their positions.

Remember this only occurs on the first and third Wednesday of each month.