Service Outline

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Flags should be lowered to half mast prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

Catafalque party takes post (if applicable) Assembly stands
Welcome address and introduction of guest speaker Assembly seated
Address by guest speaker (local dignitary, ex-service person, member of the Defence Force, teacher or student) Assembly seated
Hymn Assembly stands
Response to the address (optional) Assembly seated
Prayer Assembly stands
Wreath Laying Assembly seated
Uniform Resolution Assembly stands
The Ode Assembly stands
Last Post Assembly stands
One minute’s sacred silence Heads bowed
Rouse Flag/s raised Heads raised
Recitation of appropriate poem Assembly seated
National Anthem Assembly stands
Catafalque party dismounts (if applicable) Assembly stands
Closing thanks Assembly stands

Ceremony concludes.


This ceremony will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes depending on the length of speeches, hymns and prayers and the number of wreaths to be laid.

A brief introduction should set the scene of ANZAC Day remembrance, and prayers, hymns and poems should be of remembrance, for peace and for the future of Australia.

Speeches should emphasise the sacrifices made by those who have served in all conflicts; promote the spirit of ANZAC and stress that we have a legacy of responsibility that the heritage fought at so costly a price should not suffer in our hands.