In November 2018, we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War (1914-18).
A creative public program at the Australian War Memorial will combine public activities, displays, installations and events for the five week period from 5 October to Remembrance Day, on 11 November 2018.
The centrepiece to the commemorations will be the installation of 62,000 knitted red poppy flowers on the Memorial’s grounds. Each poppy represents an Australian life lost in the First World War, who are individually listed on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour.
The following activities will take place for five weeks, from 5 October until 11 November:
- 62,000 poppies installation including musical experience and night time lighting
- Special exhibition on the consequences of war
- Roll of Honour name projections, each night from dusk to dawn
- Roll of Honour names and ages audio experience, read by primary school children
- Digital and social media support program allowing Australians to participate in the Memorial’s commemorative activities no matter where they are located
The following activities will take place from 9 November until 11 November (in addition to the activities listed above):
- Beam of light projected from the parapet of the Memorial to Australian Parliament House
- Photographic image projections onto the trees within the Memorial grounds
The Remembrance Day National Ceremony will be held on Sunday, 11 November.
Find out more about what’s on at the Australian War Memorial and plan your visit.
62,000 Poppies Display
Central to the Armistice commemorative program is the placement of 62,000 knitted poppy flowers in the Sculpture Garden on the Memorial’s western grounds by the founders of the 5,000 Poppies project . Each poppy in this spectacular and moving display has been created by hand by a volunteer in honour of those Australians killed while serving in the First World War.
Complementing the knitted poppies display is a moving musical program assembled by Memorial artist in residence Chris Latham.
This is a free event. Night time lighting will allow visitors to access the display through to 10pm each day. The Commemorative Area and Roll of Honour will also be open to the public for a select number of evenings throughout this period.