On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.

In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Remembrance Day National Ceremony

10.30 am to 12 pm

On Remembrance Day the Australian War Memorial will host the nation’s key commemoration. The ceremony includes a formal wreathlaying and will be attended by many high-level dignitaries, diplomats, school students, as well as thousands of members of the general public. Australia’s Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon will be on parade.

The Commemorative address will be delivered by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).

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Ticketing and seating

Tickets for the 2019 Remembrance Day National Ceremony are to be booked via the online booking website TryBooking.

Please note that seating is limited. Once booked, tickets will be emailed via TryBooking and must be presented on the day.

Ticket bookings are now open to the general public, please use the below electronic link to book your tickets.  

Remembrance Day Ceremony: Book free tickets here

For those without internet access, please call (02) 6206 9813 to book your ticket.

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Approximately 10 minutes before the commencement of the ceremony, public will be invited to fill any unoccupied seating that remains. The proceedings may also be viewed from the Memorial lawns or along the fence line of the ceremony.  

Dignitaries lay wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance, Remembrance Day 2014


There is limited parking onsite for mobility impaired visitors only. Vehicles displaying a government issued parking pass will be granted access and directed by staff on the day. Access is via Treloar Crescent and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The coach parking area will also be closed until following the ceremony.

Public Transport

The Memorial will be providing a free shuttle bus service for public use. This service will be operating from Majura Park Shopping Centre, dropping off on Fairbairn Avenue, adjacent to the Australian War Memorial. Following the ceremony the return shuttle back to Majura Park will commence from the same location.

  • First shuttle departs at 9 am from Majura Park with final drop off at the Memorial at 10.25 am.
  • Return shuttles from the Memorial to Majura Park will operate from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.

Transport Canberra will also be providing a free bus service from the City Bus interchange. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Please see the Transport ACT website for further information.

NOTE: there is no requirement to ‘Register to Ride’ with Transport Canberra prior to the day.

Road Closures

Road closures will be in effect from approximately 3 am on Monday 11 November and are expected to be open again by no later than 4 pm.

Traffic will be diverted onto Treloar Crescent from Limestone Avenue and Fairbairn Avenue.

A full closure of Anzac Parade will be in place to Constitution Avenue.

Dress and weather

Please refer to and consider local weather forecasts before attending the ceremony.

Guests are advised that this ceremony is held outside and will continue unless in the case of extreme weather. Please dress appropriately for the conditions on the day. In case of hot weather, guests are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, and your own water. Guests are welcome to wear service medals as appropriate and should seek further advice here:

General Information

The Commemorative Area and Memorial galleries will be open to the public following the ceremony.

Poppy's Café will be open from 8.00am

Last Post Ceremony

Each day the story of one of the fallen servicemen or women listed on the Roll of Honour is told at the Last Post Ceremony

Traditionally on the 11th of November, the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier is read.

Gallery Photographs from 11 November 1918

An unidentified cinematographer capturing the last shots to be fired before the armistice on 11 November 1918. Note the line of bare trees under which the guns are placed.

Sydney, NSW. 1918-11-11. Crowd in Martin Place celebrating the news of the signing of the armistice. This date was celebrated in later years as Remembrance Day

Cambrai, France. 11 November 1918. Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, centre front, with British Army commanders on Armistice Day. (Donor Imperial War Museum Q9690)

Adelaide, South Australia. 1918-11. A huge crowd at Parliament House for the Declaration of the Signing of the Armistice. (Donor W.S. Smith)

Remembrance Day 2018

Watch the video of the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony below.