Stories of service and sacrifice may cause distress.
See this resource list for help.
Profile of the Shrine of Remembrance building

Remembrance Day 2023

Every year at 11am on 11 November—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—we pause to remember those who have served and those who have died in all wars and peacekeeping operations.

For 89 years the Shrine of Remembrance has been the home of commemoration and remembrance for the Victorian community. It is a reminder of the fragility of peace and the cost of conflict, as well as a testament to the fortitude, courage and generosity of those who serve all of us. 

All are welcome to join us for the Victorian State Remembrance Service. Bookings are not required.

Victorian State Remembrance Service
10.30am Saturday 11 November
Second World War Memorial Forecourt
Shrine of Remembrance

View the Remembrance Day program

11 Days of Remembrance

From 1 November, the Shrine’s 11 Days of Remembrance program looks at the capacity of Victorians and Australians to capture thoughts, feelings and the impacts of military conflict in artistic forms – art, literature, photography and music. 

In all its forms, artistic expression allows us to confront the complexities of war, encouraging empathy, understanding, and reflection on the human cost of conflicts throughout history. It provides a lens through which we can remember, learn, and contemplate the past while striving for a more peaceful future. 

Join us in reflective remembrance.

Red to Remember

The Shrine of Remembrance is lit up with red lighting, with the Eternal Flame in the foreground

In the 10 days leading up to Remembrance Day, the Shrine will be lit red. The following Melbourne landmarks are also lighting up ''red to remember'' in the days leading up to and on Remembrance Day:

  • Arts Centre Spire
  • Federation Square
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Melbourne Museum – Royal Exhibition Building
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne and Olympic Park – AAMI Stadium
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Melbourne Town Hall
  • Transurban – Bolte Bridge

Share your pics with us by including the hashtags #shrineofremembrance and #redtoremember on social media.

Free public transport

Veterans, war widows, and current defence members will be able to travel for free on public transport to the Shrine service and local commemorative services on Remembrance Day, including V-Line services. 

Free public transport to commemorations is also open to school students, Scouts, Guides, ADF Cadets and band members in uniform. 

To claim the free travel, veterans and war widows will simply need to present a form of identification, including:

  • Veterans Card - Victoria
  • DVA Veteran Gold or White Card 
  • Category ‘V’ Victorian Public Transport Concession Card. 
  • or wearing a uniform, service medals, an ex-service association or returned from active service or war widows badge 

Members of the Australian Defence Force can either wear their uniform or show their ADF Badge. 


The Remembrance Day Service and broadcast is supported by the Victorian Government.