The Australian War Memorial has been closed indefinitely – including the daily Last Post Ceremony – in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting Director Australian War Memorial Anne Bennie said that, in line with the latest national health advice, all public spaces, galleries and programs at the Australian War Memorial had closed indefinitely.
“Delivery of the daily Last Post Ceremony and online live stream have also been suspended,” she said.
“The health and safety of our visitors, veteran community, staff and volunteers remains our top priority.
“Our thoughts are with you all as we navigate these uncertain times.
“We believe it is important that we continue to remember those Australians on the Roll of Honour and share their stories.
“While we hope to have a revised Last Post Ceremony format back online in the near future, now each day we will share one of the stories from our archive.
“Follow #LPCarchive on Facebook and Twitter daily at 4.55pm.
“We thank you for your ongoing support of the Memorial.”
The AWM is still planning to hold a private, nationally televised Anzac Day commemorative service.
This service will be held in the Commemorative Area and Hall of Memory at 5.30 am on Anzac Day.
This event will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online.
The traditional Dawn Service, National Ceremony and veterans’ march will not take place.