Wreath of red poppies from ceremony to plant Lone Pine tree at Australian War Memorial, 1934. RELAWM12479 Wreath of red poppies from ceremony to plant Lone Pine tree at Australian War Memorial, 1934.

Suitable for primary and secondary school students. This program is adapted to suit students at different age and aptitude levels.


This program explores the reasons why we continue to remember the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, particularly on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day each year.


  • Who do we remember?
  • How do we remember them?
  • What did they do? When did they do it?
  • Why do we remember them?

Students will investigate the symbolism of the Memorial's Commemorative Area, identify a name on the Roll of Honour, and explore the Hall of Memory. They will also have the opportunity to write a personal commemorative message on a wooden cross, which will be placed on a grave of one of the fallen in a cemetery overseas. Students will develop an understanding of why and how we commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australians at war, exploring the significance of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. They will discover stories of the sacrifice of Australians at war in a number of different conflicts and galleries.

School children from Hartwell Primary School participate in the Memorial's Commemorative Cross Project. PAIU2013/029.09

Strategic focus

As well as active participation in a commemorative activity, this program uses investigation and exploration of the Commemorative Area and galleries to facilitate empathy and understanding of commemoration.

Curriculum links

Foundation: Personal and Family Histories
How they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them
How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media, and museums
Year 1: Present and past family life
How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating time such as ‘a long time ago’, ‘then and now’, ‘now and then’, ‘old and new’, ‘tomorrow’, as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significance, such as birthdays, celebrations and seasons
Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications.
Year 2: The past in the present
The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past
The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial
The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past)
Year 3: Community and remembrance
Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.
Year 6: Australia as a nation
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.
The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for example in areas such as the economy, education, science, the arts, sport.
Year 7
The range of sources that can be used in an historical investigation, including archaeological and written sources
The methods and sources used to investigate at least ONE historical controversy or mystery that has challenged historians or archaeologists, such as in the analysis of unidentified human remains
Year 9: The making of the modern world
The experiences of non-Europeans in Australia prior to the 1900s (such as the Japanese, Chinese, South Sea Islanders, Afghans)
An overview of the causes of World War I and the reasons why men enlisted to fight in the war
The places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare during World War I, including the Gallipoli campaign
The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia (such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women, the conscription debate)
The commemoration of World War I, including debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend
Year 10: The modern world and Australia
The experiences of Australians during World War II (such as Prisoners of War (POWs), the Battle of Britain, Kokoda, the Fall of Singapore)
The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls (conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship)


Price $5.50 per student (incl. GST)
Duration 45 minutes
Maximum number 60 students per hour
Group size 15
Available 9 am – 3.30 pm

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