Weekly Last Post services will now be held every Sunday at the Shrine of Remembrance to honour the work and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans.
Fulfilling a pre-election commitment, the weekly services will kick off from this weekend and will run each Sunday from 4.45pm to 5.00pm.
The inaugural Last Post Service will acknowledge 85 years of Remembrance Day, with wreaths laid by 11 current and former Australian Defence Force members, representing almost all of the conflicts Australia has been involved in from World War II through to the present day.
As a once-off in the lead up to Remembrance, the Shrine will also be open to the public until 8pm on Sunday, with free tours available.
The Andrews Labor Government promised to introduce weekly commemorations last Remembrance Day as a way of paying lasting tribute to the service and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans.
Each week, the service will acknowledge a different historic significant event, anniversary or battle.
Veterans, their families and friends, as well as the public are encouraged to attend.
For more information or to register your interest visit shrine.org.au.
Attendees are welcome to also view the 5000 Poppies Project ‘A Nation Weeps’ which is on display in the Shrine Visitor Centre until the end of February 2020.
As noted by Minister for Veterans Robin Scott
“We’re ensuring that our past and current service men and women are honoured and remembered for their service and sacrifice for our country.”
“Introducing the Last Post Service demonstrates our commitment to honouring veterans’ sacrifice.”
As noted by Shrine of Remembrance Chair Chris Spence
“The Last Post Service honours the service of Australian service men and women over more than 100 years.”
“This weekly service of remembrance supports our community’s commitment to ensure their sacrifices in helping shape, and defend our national character, are never forgotten.”