Australians urged to mark Remembrance Day online

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This year the Australian War Memorial will commemorate Remembrance Day with a national-televised National Ceremony on 11 November.

The ceremony will be take place in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Memorial from 10.45 am until midday.  

The ceremony will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC, and streamed online.  

Memorial Director Matt Anderson PSM encouraged people to tune into the broadcast and take the time to reflect on this important day.

“At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year, as a nation, we pause to contemplate the sacrifice of all who have died in the service of our nation.

“While we are unable to welcome the general public to this year’s ceremony, I urge all Australians to share this moment with us through the ABC broadcast or online from wherever they are at 11 am on Remembrance Day,” Mr Anderson said. 

The 2020 Remembrance Day National Ceremony will retain traditional elements such as one minute’s silence at 11 am, the laying of wreaths by invited dignitaries, the sounding of the Last Post, and a Commemorative Address by Corporal Daniel Keighran VC. 

The Memorial will remain closed on the morning of Wednesday 11 November and will reopen to the public at the conclusion of the National Ceremony. Free timed tickets will be required to visit the galleries and will be available for sessions from 12.40 pm onwards. Tickets and visitor information can be found at   

The Last Post Ceremony, featuring the recitation of the Eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier by a member of the Australian Defence Force, will take place at 4.55 pm and be streamed online.

The Memorial will host an evening opening of the Commemorative Area from 5.30 pm until 7.00 pm. Visitors are welcome to attend to pay their respects and visit the Hall of Memory. Visitors will not need to book a ticket for the after-hours visit, but will need to provide name and contact details for contact tracing purposes.

For more information on Remembrance Day activities, refer to the hub page on the Memorial’s website at:

CONTACT:   Media team   02 6243 4575   0409 600 038  



Media can register to report on the Remembrance Day National Ceremony from the grounds of the Australian War Memorial by emailing

Please be aware, the format of the ceremony has been modified and is different to previous years. There is limited space for media within the enclosed ceremony area, pooling of broadcast media is encouraged.

The names and contact details of media attending the site on the day must be supplied to the Memorial by Friday 6 November 2020, and attendance at a site walk-through prior to the ceremony is mandatory for registered media. Event parking for media will be limited. 

Access to the broader Memorial grounds to do live crosses, photography or interviews will be permitted upon request.

ABC broadcast

A pooled feed of the Remembrance Day National Ceremony will be made available by the ABC to broadcast television networks for news highlights purposes only.  

Safe work requirements

All equipment brought onsite by media should be test and tagged within date. Evidence of current public liability insurance and COVID-safe work practices should be supplied with upon registration. 

CONTACT:   Media team   02 6243 4575   0409 600 038  

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