In the aftermath of the battle of Poziéres in 1916, the Australian official war historian Charles Bean began to develop plans for a national memorial to commemorate the sacrifices made by his fellow Australians. In line with Bean's vision, the Memorial today maintains the Roll of Honour and conducts both local and national commemorative ceremonies, including on Australia's two major days of remembrance.

Buglar at the Last Post ceremony

Last Post Ceremony

Daily at 4.55pm approx.

The Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony, held in Memorial’s Commemorative courtyard. Each night the Last Post Ceremony tells the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour which lists more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war.

Crowds gathered at the front of the Memorial for the the Anzac Day dawn service

Anzac Day

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.

Remembrance Day ceremony at the Memorial

Remembrance Day

Friday 11 November 2017

This year, 11 November marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts and appreciation of their sacrifice.

Poppies

Roll of Honour and Commemorative Roll

At the heart of the Memorial building is the Roll of Honour: a long series of bronze panels recording the names of over 102,000 members of the Australian armed forces who have died during or as a result of warlike service, non-warlike service and certain peacetime operations. Also found in the Commemorative Area is the leather-bound Commemorative Roll, which commemorates Australians who died during or as a result of their service in same conflicts or operations in service of Allied nations, the Merchant Navy, and with civilian organisations. These names and their stories live on and can be found on our website.

dr brendan nelson

Official Speeches

Read transcripts of official commemoration addresses, opening speeches and special event addresses by Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson, Memorial staff and special guests.

Wreaths laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier

Ceremonial customs

Commemorative activities at the Memorial, as well as our national days of remembrance, share many customs and traditions. Explore the origins and significance of these with explanations of common ceremonial elements.

Students laying a wreath in the Hall of Memory

School wreathlayings

Designed specially for visiting school groups, this unique and moving experience is conducted at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. A guest veteran will officiate and answer questions about his or her military service after the ceremony, and if available, the school’s local Federal Member of Parliament will attend the ceremony.