Remembrance Day – Sunday 11 November

The guns fell silent 100 years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, signalling war's end. Join us to take a minute and remember those men and women who have served and sacrificed, then and now.


Commemorative Service:

Join us from 10.15am for the Victorian State Remembrance Day Service. Together, we will observe one minute of silence at 11am. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, will lay a wreath on behalf of all Victorians. The general public will then be invited to place wreaths on the Northern Steps. 

11.50am-12.10pm: On this one day of the year, see the natural ray of sunlight passing across the Stone of Remembrance, illuminating the word ‘LOVE’ at midday in the Sanctuary.

Program of special events:

The 5000 Poppies Project returns to the Shrine with a contemplative walk of handmade poppies articulating The Ode from Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen.
6am: Reflect as Pipers from across the world join at dawn to mark this period in history.
Choral Performance: Listen to a poignant vocal tribute following the official service.
10:15am: Victorian State Remembrance Day Service
11.30am: Presentation to the 2018 Shrine of Remembrance Medal recipient in the Visitor Centre.
11.45am: Presentation to the finalists of the 2018 Remembrance Day Poster Competition for Primary School children in the Visitor Centre.
5pm: Massed Pipes Flag Lowering Service - Witness the Shrine Guard lower the flags as the Last Post sounds. The Battle’s O'er, performed in an internationally collaborated musical performance by massed Pipes, will symbolise the end of the First World War.

What’s On in the Galleries:

Visit the Shrine's expansive exhibition space featuring over 800 works of art, historical artefacts and personal effects, from Pre Federation to the present day. View a beautiful handcrafted floral centenary wreath, embodying the bittersweet spirit of this time. Flowers of war is an intricately layered work of art that draws on stories of the First World War and considers the many ways people reflect on the past.

Prelude to Remembrance Day – from 2 November:

2-11 November: In an historic first, the Shrine will be illumniated red to mark the centenary of the Armistice of the First World War.

4-12 November: The 5000 Poppies Project returns to the Shrine with a contemplative walk of handmade poppies articulating The Ode from Laurence Binyon's For the Fallen.


Historical Information About Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and the Shrine of Remembrance

In late 1918, after more than four years of bitter fighting, Allied forces finally broke stubborn German resistance and forced Germany to sue for peace. Entire nations cheered as fighting ceased and the armistice took effect at 11am on the 11th November 1918. One year later the first commemorations to mark the end of the war were held across the Commonwealth on the 11th November 1919. At the request of King George V the people of the Empire ceased work at 11am to hold a two minute vigil to remember the fallen. This vigil would evolve into the minute's silence of today's Remembrance Day services.

By the end of the Second World War Armistice Day had grown from solely a remembrance of  the men and women of the Great War into something larger, becoming a day to honour all those who had fallen in war.  With this evolution came a change of name and 11 November became known as Remembrance Day. Under this name Australians today remember all those who served and sacrificed during times of war and on peacekeeping operations in recent decades each November 11. Services are held at memorials, RSL clubs and schools across the country and 11am on this day, each including a minute's silence dedicated to the fallen.

Armistice Day was the date chosen for two key events at the Shrine of Remembrance; the foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1927 and the Shrine was officially dedicated on 11 November 1934. The dedication was witnessed by more than 300,000 people, more than half the population of Melbourne and the largest crowd seen in Australia at that time.