Commencing at approximately 4.55 pm AEDT, 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 and other operations over more than a century.
The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a lament, played by a piper. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. At each ceremony the story behind one of these names is told and the Ode is then recited by men and women of the Australian Defence Force. The ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post.
From February to November the Last Post Ceremony includes the presence of Australia's Federation Guard on the first and third Wednesday of each month. 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 catafalque party then participates in the Last Post Ceremony.
The Last Post Ceremony is an increasingly popular public event. The Memorial is unable to reserve space for groups so, to ensure you are able to secure a spot to view the ceremony, we recommend early arrival.
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.
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If you have missed a particular ceremony, you can search for the individual commemorated on our website or check the Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony YouTube channel. Please note: on occasion, technical difficulties may arise and will mean the recording is not available.
Copies of the ceremony can be purchased through online ordering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I commemorate a particular person?
If you have a family member on the Roll of Honour you can request for their story to be told at the Last Post Ceremony. In order to make a request, please review the Guidelines which will give you a good understanding of the process.
How can I find out about upcoming stories being told?
The Last Post Ceremony calendar lists the name of the man or woman whose story is being presented on a particular day.
Can schools attend and participate in the ceremony?
Schools wishing to attend, or lay a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony please send your request to email@example.com. However, please be aware, due to limited capacity in the Commemorative area, a request does not guarantee attendance.
Can I lay a wreath at the ceremony?
Visitors are welcome to lay wreaths at the base of the Pool of Reflection during the ceremony. Should you wish to do so, please make yourself known to front-of-house staff in the Orientation Gallery no later than 4 pm on the day of the ceremony. Commemorative cards on wreaths and floral tributes will be catalogued and archived by the Memorial, and kept in perpetuity.
Requests for further information relating to the Last Post Ceremony can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org