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Australian War Memorial: Honouring women united by defence service

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten lay wreaths during a Last Post ceremony at the War Memorial in Canberra. Philippe Petitdidier, Defence Attaché of the French Embassy to Australia, attended the Last Post and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on 11 September 2018.

The ceremony paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of women veterans over the last 100 years who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This event gathered women from every major women’s organisation who have been affected by service, their relatives, but also some of Australia’s major political leaders.

The ceremony begins with the Australian national anthem followed by the piper’s lament. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. An individual’s story is told, and the Ode is recited by Australian Defence Force personnel. The ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post. From February to November the Last Post Ceremony includes Australia’s Federation Guard (on the first and third Wednesday of each month).

The Last Post Ceremony is an increasingly popular public event.

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