Wednesday 11 November 2015
This year 11 November marks the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
We encourage you to attend the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
The Remembrance Day National Ceremony includes a formal wreathlaying and will be attended by many high-level dignitaries, diplomats, and students from each state and territory representing the youth of Australia. Australia’s Federation Guard and the Band of the Royal Military College will be on parade.
10.15 am to 12 noon approximately
We suggest you arrive by 9.45 am. Guests with pre-arranged seating are required to be seated by 10 am.
Standing room for the public is available on the day and you are welcome to bring chairs or rugs to view the ceremony in the grounds of the Memorial.
The Memorial’s galleries will open shortly after the ceremony.
Remembrance Day 2014 ceremony program (87.5 KB)
- Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial
The National Ceremony has limited allocated seating, and we encourage the general public to bring their own chair or rug and watch the ceremony in the grounds of the Memorial. To enquire about seating for this ceremony, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your group. You will be contacted about available seating.
Parking and transportation
Due to the large number of visitors in attendance at the ceremony, there is very limited onsite parking.
Mobility impaired parking is available in the Memorial's underground car park, conveniently located near the main entrance. Entry is from Treloar Crescent as per the Parking map. To access these car parks, a government issued mobility impaired sticker must be visible.
Road closures will be in effect from approximately 8.30 am until 1 pm at the following intersections:
- Limestone Avenue and Treloar Crescent
- Fairbairn Avenue and Treloar Crescent
- Anzac Parade will be closed between the Memorial and the Blamey Crescent and Currong Street intersections
Public transport is recommended for this ceremony.
- Shuttle bus and off-site parking – ACTION Buses will be providing a free shuttle service prior to the Ceremony. Guests are invited to park at the Majura Park Shopping Centre in the areas indicated, see map. The shuttle will run from 8.50 am with final pick up at 9.50 am. passengers will be dropped along Fairbairn Avenue, directly across from the Parade Ground of the AWM. Return shuttles will be picking up from this same location and returning to Majura Park from 12 pm to 1.30 pm, see map.
- Regular buses - ACTION Buses regular weekday schedule will also run as normal. Route 10 will be diverted along Treloar Crescent for the duration for the National Ceremony. For a full timetable please visit http://www.action.act.gov.au.
- Taxi – The taxi drop-off/pick-up zone is located at the Administration Building on the western side of the Memorial.
Opening hours for the Memorial's Cafés:
Poppy’s Café, situated adjacent to the Memorial building, will be open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
The Landing Place is located in Anzac Hall and will be open from approximately 12.15 pm following the conclusion of the National Ceremony
Wet weather arrangements
The National Ceremony will proceed in inclement weather; visitors are encouraged to come prepared and to dress appropriately to the weather conditions.
Frequently asked questions
Can I attend the ceremony?
Yes. The Remembrance Day National Ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. There is limited reserved seating, or you can bring your own chair or rug and watch the ceremony from the grounds adjacent to the reserved-seating area.
What time does the ceremony begin?
The ceremony commences at 10.15 am on Tuesday 11 November 2014. At 11 am, one minute’s silence is observed as a time for reflection. The ceremony concludes at approximately 12 noon.
What is the format of the ceremony?
The general format of the ceremony is below. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. A full program of events will be released closer to the date.
- VIP arrivals
- Commemorative Address
- Wreathlaying – VIPs
- The Last Post
- One minute’s silence
- The Rouse
- Wreathlaying – members of the diplomatic corps
- School poppy laying
- National Anthem
2014 Remembrance Day Ceremony program (PDF, 87.5 KB)
As seating is limited, please register your interest in attending the National Ceremony by emailing email@example.com with the number of people in your group. You will be contacted about available seating.
Will there be mobility impaired seating?
There will be mobility impaired seating located on flat ground. Please indicate if you require mobility impaired seating when you reserve your seats.
Can I participate in the ceremony?
Members of the public are not able to participate in the National Ceremony; however, they are most welcome to visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and lay a poppy there at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Where can I get poppies from?
Poppies will be available for a donation at various places around the Memorial during the ceremony or afterwards at the Information Desk.
When does the Memorial open?
The Memorial will open shortly after the conclusion of the National Ceremony, at approximately 12.15 pm.
What do I wear to the ceremony?
We advise all visitors to dress suitably for the weather conditions on the day as the ceremony will continue in the event of rain. We encourage visitors to display service medals appropriately (veterans to wear medals on the left, non-veterans to wear medals on the right).
Last Post Ceremony
At the end of the day, commencing at 4.55 pm AEST, the Memorial will farewell its visitors with a moving Last Post Ceremony. At the Remembrance Day Last Post Ceremony the eulogy of the Unknown Australian Soldier will be read by a member of the Australian Defence Force in the presence of Australia’s Federation Guard.
More information can be found on the Last Post Ceremony webpage.
Photographs taken on 11 November 1918