Our daily Last Post Ceremony has been suspended until further notice

As a result of the latest national health advice, the Memorial has paused all public programs including the daily Last Post Ceremony and online live stream from Tuesday, 24 March 2020 until further notice.

During these difficult times it is important that we continue to remember those Australians on the Roll of Honour and share their stories. Whilst we hope to have a revised format back online in the near future, now each day we will share one of the stories from our Last Post Ceremony archive. Follow #LPCarchive on Facebook and Twitter daily at 4.55pm.

We’ll update you on this through social media and at www.awm.gov.au

Commencing at approximately 4.55 pm AEST, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony in the Commemorative Courtyard. Each night the ceremony shares the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour.

Crowds gathered for the Last Post ceremony.

Watch online from 4.55pm AEST

Watch live on YouTube
Watch live on Facebook

If you have missed a particular ceremony, you can find the video recording by searching for that person or checking the YouTube channel. You can purchase the video through Memorial Esales. Rarely, technical difficulties may mean a recording is unavailable.

About the ceremony

The ceremony begins with the Australian national anthem followed by the piper's lament. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. An individual's story is told, and the Ode is recited by Australian Defence Force personnel. The ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post. From February to November the Last Post Ceremony includes Australia's Federation Guard (on the first and third Wednesday of each month).

The Last Post Ceremony is an increasingly popular public event. We recommend early arrival as the Memorial is unable to reserve spaces for groups.

See whose stories will be shared in upcoming Last Post Ceremonies.

Frequently asked questions

Can I request someone to be commemorated?

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, you first need to read these guidelines which will help you understand the process.

How can I know who is being commemorated?

Refer to the Last Post Ceremony calendar, which lists the name of the individual being commemorated each day.

Can my school attend and participate?

Schools may request to attend and lay a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony by emailing the Last Post Ceremony school mailbox. While every effort is made, there is limited space in the Commemorative Courtyard and not all can be accommodated. To avoid disappointment, please wait for confirmation with your booking before staying back for the ceremony.

Can I lay a wreath at the ceremony?

Yes. Please make yourself known to staff at the Front Desk no later than 4 pm on the day. Commemorative cards on wreaths and floral tributes will be catalogued and archived by the Memorial, and kept in perpetuity.

Wreaths are laid at the Pool of Reflection

More information

Requests for further information relating to the Last Post Ceremony can be directed to lastpostceremony@awm.gov.au.

The Last Post Ceremony is proudly supported by the RSL & Services Clubs Association, RSL Victoria, and RSL Queensland.