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Five must-dos at the Australian War Memorial

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Sunday 25 April marked ANZAC Day 2021, and the 106th anniversary of the Anzac’s landing at Gallipoli.

Normally, the dawn of 25 April sees thousands of people gather on the steps and grounds of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) to mark this solemn occasion. However, this year the event was ticketed to ensure a COVID-Safe environment.

If you missed out on tickets, it doesn’t mean you can’t mark the occasion with a visit to the AWM. Here’s what to look out for on a visit to this important monument.

Note: The Australian War Memorial currently has free ticketed entry to comply with COVID restrictions, so booking in advance is advised via awm.gov.au.

Women in the Australian Military

Women stand side by side with men in over 200 roles across the Australian armed forces, but that wasn’t always the case.

Delve into military history in Women in the Australian Military to discover how women emerged as an integral part of the Australian Defence Force across the last 122 years since they first were able to serve in the Australian Army Nursing Service in 1899.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

This exhibition takes a closer look at the modern conflict that took more than two decades to conclude.

A conflict that’s difficult to fully gauge given its breadth and length, Afghanistan: The Australian Story sheds light on

Ink in the Lines

Commemorating the unique body art of service people and veterans, Ink in the Lines explores the meaning of tattoos and recognises the important memories, challenges and experiences commemorated in them.

Roll of Honour

One of the most striking elements of the AWM is the Roll of Honour along the forecourt of the memorial. Commemorated in enormous bronze panels replete with poppies are the names of those in the armed forces who have died during service.

The Last Post Ceremony

Every afternoon at 4.45 pm, the Last Post Ceremony takes place in the AWM’s Commemorative Area (the forecourt at the front of the Memorial) and tells the story of one of the people named on the Roll of Honour.

The ceremony concludes with the playing of a Piper’s Lament and the Last Post. You will need a free ticket to attend this event.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

 

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