• Please read these guidelines before submitting a request for a ceremony.

    The Australian War Memorial’s Last Post ceremony commemorates those Australians whose names are listed on the Roll of Honour. The Roll of Honour records and displays the names of those who have died in war or on other operations – in total, more than 102,700 Australian men and women.  The introduction to the Roll of Honour has more information.

    Format of ceremony

    The ceremony is a public event open to all visitors. Each ceremony follows the same format:

    • The Memorial's Master of Ceremonies starts with a brief introduction
    • The National Anthem is played and sung
    • A piper plays a lament, during which visitors can lay wreaths and floral tributes at the base of the Pool of Reflection
    • A serving member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) attends every ceremony to read the story of the person on the Roll of Honour being honoured
    • The member of the ADF recites the Ode
    • A bugler plays the Last Post
    • The Master of Ceremonies ends the ceremony with a final reflection.

    Alterations to the format of the ceremony will not be considered. This ensures that the ceremonies meet the expectations of those attending and those watching the live broadcast.

    Live broadcast

    The ceremony is broadcast live on the Australian War Memorial website from 4.55 pm AEDT daily. We recommend you watch one of these broadcasts before submitting a request.

    Research

    Each story is carefully researched and written by Australian War Memorial historians. They determine the content of each story and ensure a consistent format.

    All research material, stories, and ceremony content remains the property of the Australian War Memorial and is subject to copyright provisions.

    Examples of Last Post Ceremony stories:

    Photographs

    When there is a photograph in the collection of the person being commemorated, an A3 size version of it will be displayed beside the Pool of Reflection.

    If a photograph does not exist in the Memorial collection families may provide a photograph for use in the ceremony. Such images will be considered only if they are forwarded in a digital format and are of sufficient technical standard to be reproduced and enlarged to A3 size. 

    Your local photography store may be able to help you provide a suitable image.

    Technical specifications:

    • File size: larger than 13 MB (when opened in image editing software)
    • Resolution: 300 DPI
    • Dimensions: 22 x 16 cm
    • File type:  JPG

    Ideally, we need the photographic file at least 10 working days before the ceremony date. Please email files to lastpostceremony@awm.gov.au

    Scheduling of ceremonies

    A date cannot be scheduled for a specific Last Post Ceremony until the writing, editing, and digitising process is finished. Once the process is complete you will be contacted and the story will be scheduled in the Last Post Ceremony Calendar.

    As a result of the interest generated by the Last Post Ceremony and the large volume of requests received, there may be delays in the scheduling of stories.

    The Last Post Ceremony Calendar must provide for visiting dignitaries and special commemorations and anniversaries (e.g., the sinking of HMAS Sydney II, the battle of Long Tan, the Gallipoli landing, etc.). As such, it is not always possible to facilitate requests for specific dates.

    The Memorial reserves the right to reschedule a Last Post Ceremony story.

    Media

    Although encouraged, any requests for media attendance at the Last Post Ceremony, or for use of the stories outside of the ceremony (e.g., in newspaper articles) must be pre-approved and coordinated with Communications and Marketing at the Australia War Memorial.

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

    Request a ceremony

    To request a Last Post Ceremony, please fill in and submit a request form.

    Online form: Last Post Ceremony request form

    PDF: Last Post Ceremony request form (346.56 KB)

    RTF: Last Post Ceremony request form (1.22 MB)