Shrine of Remembrance

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Built between 1928 and 1934, Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance honours Victoria’s service men and women, who have fought for their country or participated in peacekeeping operations for the good of Australia. Located in St Kilda Road, this iconic landmark is popular with tourists, especially on ANZAC Day, when the site is flooded with people who come to pay tribute to family and friends who have served, or are serving, with the nation’s armed forces. While the actual memorial is impressive, there are many other aspects of the Shrine that are just as noteworthy. Possibly the most recognisable feature of the Shrine is the Eternal Flame, which can be found in the Second World War Forecourt, and is often the key motif in televised memorials. Originally lit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, the Eternal Flame has been burning ever since, representing eternal life for those who have served their country. Other important monuments and artefacts at the Shrine include a gallery display of 4000 service medals, as well as regiment flags, bronze statues, and of course, red poppies, which have been planted near the entrance to the visitor centre. The Shrine’s visitor centre has two galleries, which hold temporary exhibitions, featuring photographs, military clothing, medals, flags, newspaper clippings and other army paraphernalia. Guided tours of the building are also available if you wish to take them. The Shrine of Remembrance is such a reverent place and means so much to so many people. When the haunting strains of the Last Post play over the speakers, you can’t help but be awed and humbled by this meaningful memorial to those lost at war.

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