2015 will be a significant year for the Australian War Memorial as Australians around the nation come together to remember the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. The centenary marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The Australian War Memorial will be commemorating the centenary through a major redevelopment of its First World War galleries and a variety of new public programs and events.
It will be an exciting time to visit the Memorial. Congress attendees will have a unique opportunity to experience the Memorial during this significant year. The Welcome function for Congress will be hosted in the captivating ANZAC Hall.
ANZAC Hall offers a truly unique experience, where delegates can mingle among historic items, authentic objects and great works of art depicting Australia’s military history. All while enjoying one of the wonderful audiovisual presentations developed specifically for this amazing space.
The Congress event will be scheduled to allow delegates to attend the Last Post ceremony prior to the welcome event. At the end of each day the Memorial farewells day visitors with its moving Last Post ceremony. The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. The Roll of Honour in the Cloisters lists the names of more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations over more than a century. At each ceremony the story behind one of these names is told. The Ode is then recited, and the ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post.
Congress provides a wonderful opportunity to experience all that the Australian War Memorial represents.