Last Post Ceremony
Commencing at approximately 4.45 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.
From 1 January 2021, the Last Post Ceremony will commence ten minutes earlier at 4.45 pm (AEST). The format of the daily ceremony will remain unchanged.
Attending the Last Post Ceremony
You must have a ticket to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony. Entry is free.
We encourage you to register a ticket in advance. Tickets may be made available at the Memorial entry, subject to capacity.
from 4.45pm AEST
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?
In order to adhere to COVID-safe practice and safely accommodate families and veterans, school attendance at the Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony has been reduced. For school bookings that include the Last Post Ceremony, attendance is currently limited to two participants only, who will lay a wreath on behalf of their school. Availability is visible when booking online for school visits. Please email email@example.com for further information.
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.
Requests for further information relating to the Last Post Ceremony can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Last Post Ceremony is proudly supported by the RSL & Services Clubs Association, RSL Victoria, and RSL Queensland.
Anzac Day Last Post Ceremony
On Anzac Day 2020, Sergeant Shelby Powell of the Royal Australian Air Force very special Last Post Ceremony.
We remembered and paid tribute to Private Thomas Anderson Whyte, 10th Battalion, AIF, First World War.
His name is listed on the Roll of Honour, among almost 62,000 Australians who died while serving in the First World War.
Private Thomas Anderson Whyte gave his life for us, for our freedoms, and in the hope of a better world.
This is just one of the many stories of service and sacrifice told here at the Australian War Memorial.
Proudly supported by the RSL & Services Clubs Association, RSL Victoria and RSL Queensland.
Read more about Thomas Anderson Whyte