Situated on top of a hill in line with Anzac Avenue and the Parliament building, the War Memorial is another main attraction of Canberra.
We stayed for the Last Post ceremony. It honors one of the over 100,000 names listed on the walls of the memorial. Their story is shared with the many people visiting the memorial, their family members come and lay wreaths, and they are honored again with the Last Post.
The Last Post is the Commonwealth equivalent to Taps. It can be heard (and seen) at the ceremony below.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is housed in the domed section of the memorial. The stained glass and tile work is simply stunning. Poppies can also be laid on the tomb to remember all of the unidentified soldiers who have died.
Upstairs along the sides of the open memorial, 1000’s upon 1000’s of names are engraved of Australian’s who have died defending their country. While the large majority of names are from WWI and WWII, it was last updated in 2013 and includes current conflicts as well. Poppies are bought by those wishing to honor these soldiers and are stuck in purposeful divets next to the names. It is a moving sight to see the tiny font of the names and think about how many people have given their lives.
In the courtyard of the memorial, there is a reflection pool with an eternal flame.
The attached War Museum is enormous and keeps getting bigger. It had so much detailed information, it was hard to absorb it all. Some of the most interesting displays were the planes, tanks, dioramas, and in the Hall of Valour, the uniform of the most recent Victoria Cross recipient.
Lest we forget.