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Australia Day Salute

A 21-Gun Salute on the Shrine's lower forecourt.

Event Details

Friday, 26 January 2024 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm
Lower Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • Admission is free.

Australia Day will be commemorated with a 21-gun salute fired from the Shrine's lower forecourt by the Royal Australian Artillery.

The tradition of the gun salute originated in the early 14th Century, firstly as a ceremonial method of creating noise to honour a guest and secondly for the practical purpose of confirming the guns were empty. Salutes were considered a gesture of friendship and trust, and always fired with an odd number of rounds as this was considered lucky.

Today's commemoration will include a flyover from a P51 Mustang from 100 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force Heritage Aircraft Fleet.

Note: The Salute is very loud and it is recommended that visitors with small children or pets maintain an appropriate distance from the guns.

Shrine Representative:

Shrine Governor Colonel Jason Cooke.

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