Remembrance Day

State Remembrance Day Service

Monday 11 November 2019
All are welcome to attend

Official Service: The Remembrance Day Service commences at 10.10am.
Choral Performance:
Listen to a poignant vocal tribute following the official service by the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir.
Visit the Galleries:
Experience a number of current special exhibitions.
Massed Pipes Flag Lowering Service:
The Shrine Guard will lower the flags at 5pm as the Last Post sounds.

The guns fell silent on 11 November 1918, marking the end to the fighting of the First World War.

A peaceful time for reflection as a community, stand beside hundreds of others in an expression of gratitude for all who have and those who continue to serve. Honour the spirit of all who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, then and now. Hear poignant recitations of Laurence Binyon’s the ‘Ode’ from For the Fallen, and John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. A commanding gun salute will herald the commencement of a minute of silence. 

Remembrance Day Prelude

Experience the Shrine in a number of family-friendly ways in the lead up to Remembrance Day
From Friday 1 November

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RED TO REMEMBER: 1–11 NOVEMBER
From sunset each evening, the Shrine will be lit red. Deepening with the passing hours in a poignant reflection of loss visible across Melbourne from the State Library to St Kilda Junction.

A NATION WEEPS: FROM 2 NOVEMBER
See ‘A Nation Weeps’, a wall of vibrant poppies woven with love from the 5000 Poppies Project in its final public display.

LAST POST SERVICE: 10 NOVEMBER
Visitors are invited to join us on the eve of Remembrance Day for our inaugural Last Post Service, at 4.45pm. This new, weekly commemorative service will feature a piper and bugler accompanying a wreath laying and conclude with lowering of the Australian flag.

THE SHRINE AT DUSK - EXTENDED OPENING: 10 NOVEMBER
To welcome visitors at this special time of year, the Shrine will remain open until 8pm. Experience the Shrine after hours at this special late-night opening.

 

Remembrance Day Medal Nominations

Awarded this same day, the Shrine of Remembrance Medal recognises outstanding contributions to the advancement of community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifices made by Victorians for their country in times of war and peacekeeping. Nominations are now open. Click here for further information. 

Remembrance Day Poster Competition for primary students

Annually, Victorian Primary School students and classes are invited to enter the Remembrance Day Poster Competition. The theme for 2019 is Flowers of war, based on our current commemorative wreath exhibition in the East Gallery of the same name.Click here for further competition details.

 

Centenary of Armistice - a reflection

On Sunday 11 November, 2018, the Shrine commemorated Remembrance Day and the 100 year anniversary of the guns falling silent on the Western Front, signalling the end of the First World War.

Click here to enjoy images and details of activities that marked this historic period in time at the Shrine.

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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.