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Hold a service at the Shrine

The Shrine hosts more than 150 official commemorative services each year. They are held to remember the service of Australian men and women, particularly Victorians, in times of war and peacekeeping. The majority of these services take place:

  • in the Sanctuary
  • on the Second World War Memorial Forecourt
  • at a Memorial Tree and its attendant plaque.

While each service is unique, each contains the following elements:

  • laying of a wreath/wreaths
  • recitation of Laurence Binyon’s 'Ode' from 'For the Fallen'
  • the sounding of 'The Last Post' on a trumpet or bugle
  • a period of silence
  • 'Lest We Forget' (said by the MC, then repeated by all present)
  • the sounding of the 'Rouse' on a trumpet or bugle
  • playing of the Australian national anthem.

Apply to hold a commemorative service

All ceremonial activities at the Shrine must be approved by the Trustees.

Organisations wishing to hold a service should fill out the application form below.

Any remembrance service held at the Shrine must be in keeping with the Shrine’s purpose to honour the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict, peacekeeping and peacemaking from the First World War to the current day. All services must include: a tribute to the remembrance of Australian servicemen and women as the focal topic of the ceremony. Services in remembrance of allied servicemen and women may be approved provided there is a close and identifiable link with Australian service. This affiliation must be highlighted during the service.

Please refer to the Wreath Laying and Other Services Policy(opens in a new window) for detailed information on the application process, assessment and approval of new services.

If you have any questions about your application please contact our team on or 9661 8100.

Please describe your proposed service, its purpose and how it honours the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict, peacekeeping or peacemaking.
Proposed date of service(Required)
Proposed recurrence of service(Required)
Proposed service location(Required)
If there is any additional information that you would like to provide to support your application please include it here.

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