The Shrine of Remembrance welcomes all to attend this Remembrance Day to join in marking the centenary of the Armistice of the First World War.
The Remembrance Day Service commences at 10.15am on Sunday 11 November. At 11am Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Victoria as one minute of silence is observed.
A number of special events are planned at the Shrine to commemorate this important historical milestone.
Shrine CEO, Dean Lee said that with its origins in the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War, Remembrance Day is the day we reflect on the human costs of all wars.
“It’s not a celebration of war but a time for shared reflection on the sacrifices common to all peoples who have lost loved ones to conflict,” he said.
Remembrance Day activities at the Shrine:
- Friday 2 November – Sunday 11 November
Shrine illuminated red each night in the week leading up to Remembrance Day, a unique motif marking this very special period in our history. The illumination is part of a broader lighting upgrade project, supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council, that will result in significant environmental and cost-saving benefits in lighting Victoria’s national memorial.
- Sunday 4 November – Sunday 11 November
5000 Poppies Project returns to the Shrine with a contemplative walk encircling the Shrine articulating ’the Ode ‘an extract of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen. Each letter will be covered in handmade knitted poppies, derived from the Anzac Centenary community tribute and displayed on the mounds surrounding the Shrine.
- From 26 October 2018
Flowers of war commemorative wreath. Inspired by stories of First World War veterans and their families, a special exhibition Flowers of war features a sculptural steel wreath adorned with 500 hand-crafted enamelled brooches in the form of leaves and flowers. This beautiful work of art was inspired by the desperately anticipated peace and embodies the bittersweet beauty and tragedy of this time.
- 11 November, Massed Pipers at the Shrine (2 performances)
6am A nation’s tribute
In a display that spans continents at 6am pipers from across the world will play The Battles O’er heralding the start of the day’s centenary of Armistice commemorations. Ambulance Victoria Pipes & Drums will play in front of the Shrine’s Man with the Donkey memorial statue.
5pm Pipers and Shrine Flag Lowering Ceremony
Up to 100 pipers from Pipe Bands Australia and Pipe Bands Victoria will play as they march up the Shrine Forecourt to accompany the Shrine Flag Lowering Ceremony, undertaken by Shrine Guard in full ceremonial dress, signalling the end of the Remembrance Day commemorations at the Shrine.
- Everyman exhibition This display showcases the contemporary drawings of Craig Barrett in a display inspired by the works of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen; British soldier/poets renowned for their evocative and insightful war poetry reflecting their experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.