April 2016: Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Service

Just before the close of the Australian War Memorial each and every day is the Last Post Ceremony, which is probably best described as a shorter ANZAC commemorative service, in which the Memorial tells the story of one of the (too many) thousands of Australians whose names appear on the Wall of Remembrance, signifying their ultimate sacrifice for our country.

In winter, the very moving ceremony happens just on sunset, when flocks of cockatoos come in to roost and chirp – a very distinctively Australian sound – and being the weekend before ANZAC Day, it took on even more significance.

A highly-recommended experience.

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Two days before ANZAC Day and the main entrance is busy with broadcasters setting up for the commemorations.
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Seating in place for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. 101 years since Gallipoli.
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Pool of Reflection and Wall(s) of Rememberance
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One of the boats used in the Gallipoli landings – bullet-riddled.
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Diorama interpretation of The Battle of Lone Pine
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Western Front diorama.
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Attention to detail is extraordinary.
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Australians attacking a German-held village in France.
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Private Frederick G. Kitchener, KIA at Gallipoli in 1915. My great uncle.
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We shall remember them…
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Eternal Flame
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Eternal Flame in the Pool of Reflection
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Crowd awaiting the commencement of the Last Post Ceremony
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Army officer in attendance
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Official party in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Army and Navy representatives laying wreaths
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Nothing more chilling than a bagpipe refrain
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Stunning April evening.
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Quiet reflection after the service.

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