For we are young and free

“….for we are young and free – first line of our national anthem. We sing it often. We hear our children and grandchildren sing it. But how often do we pause to reflect on what it really means?” – Director, Dr Brendan Nelson.

Understanding who we are as Australians and where we have come from is critical to the continued development of our young nation.

For over a hundred years, Australia has been collecting the stories of Australians at war and on operations. We tell these stories at the Australian War Memorial.

The Memorial is a living, breathing record of our nation’s military history – a place where people are drawn to reflect on the past and gain a deeper understanding of military service.

Our ...For we are young and free campaign encourages visitors to reflect on the stories that helped shape our nation and explore what it means to be Australian. Watch the campaign video below.

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Our Values

Devotion. Comradeship. Loyalty. These are just some of the qualities of Australians at war that are captured throughout the stories at the Australian War Memorial.

The Hall of Memory, set above the Pool of Reflection, is the heart of the Australian War Memorial.

It contains 15 stain glass panels; each panel features a figure in the uniform and equipment of the First World War. Each typifies one of the quintessential qualities displayed by Australians in war and on operations, manifestations of the Australian character.

The stain glass panels representing devotion, comradeship and loyalty are featured below.

Stained windows
Explore all 15 Values
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