Each year the commemorations follow a pattern that is quite familiar to many generations of Australians. A typical ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Service usually contains the following features: introduction, hymn, prayer, an address, laying of wreaths, recitation, “The last post”, a period of silence, “The rouse” or “The reveille”, and the “National Anthem”.

Typically Remembrance Day Commemorative Services, commence at about 10-40am with a period of silence at 11-00am.

A typical ANZAC Day Service usually follows a march and may commence at about 12noon

At the Australian War Memorial, following events such as the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour. At the conclusion of many regional ANZAC Day services, participants often place their poppies in an urn at the local cenotaph. At Morwell this is done at the conclusion of the Dawn Service

Commemorative Services such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day share many customs and traditions.

More information about the most common features of a typical Commemorative Service is included in the items attached to this category.