The Last Post Ceremony
Daily at 4.55 pm (AEDT)
At the end of each day, commencing at 4.55 pm AEDT, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony. The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. The Roll of Honour in the Cloisters lists the names of more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations over more than a century. At each ceremony the story behind one of these names will be told. The Ode is then recited, and the ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post.
On the first and third Wednesday of each month the Last Post Ceremony includes the presence of Australia's Federation Guard. At 4.00 pm a catafalque party mounts a vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Hall of Memory. There is a change of guard at 4.30 pm, and the entire catafalque party then participates in the Last Post Ceremony.
Please note there will be no Federation Guard at the Last Post ceremony during the Christmas period. The Guard will return to the ceremony on the 4 February 2015.
Live stream via webcam
To enable anyone anywhere in Australia or overseas to view the Last Post ceremony, it is broadcast live daily via webcam on the Memorial’s website from 4.55 pm AEDT. The ceremony is a memorable occasion, engaging visitors and offering them the opportunity to remember those Australians who have lost their lives in war and to reflect on their service and sacrifice.
Proudly supported by the RSL & Services Clubs Association, RSL Victoria and RSL Queensland.
- Calendar for the Last Post Ceremony
- Frequently asked questions about the Last Post Ceremony
- Guidelines for the Last Post Ceremony
- Participating RSL Clubs
Requests for further information relating to the Last Post Ceremony can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org