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Commemorating the Battle of Milne Bay

Do you want to conduct your own commemorative ceremony, for Anzac Day, Remembrance Day or a significant anniversary? Here you will find information on how to run a commemorative event, and the music files to support a ceremony. A commemorative ceremony should always be conducted in a solemn and dignified manner.

Runsheet

This is a general outline for a commemorative ceremony.

Flags lowered to half mast before the commencement of the ceremony

  • Introduction/Welcome
  • Catafalque party mounts (if applicable)
  • Hymns or other music (optional)
  • Prayers and readings (optional)
  • Commemorative address
  • Wreath Laying
  • The Ode
  • The Last Post
  • One Minute’s Silence
  • The Rouse

During the playing of The Rouse, flags are to be raised slowly to the masthead

  • National anthem/s
  • Catafalque party dismounts (if applicable)
  • Closing Remarks

How to run a ceremony

For more details, download the Organising a Commemorative Ceremony document below

Organising a commemorative ceremony.pdf

Organising a commemorative ceremony.doc

Sample Speeches

General Public

Sample speech for Secondary Schools

Sample speech for Primary Schools

Wartime Snapshots

How to run a ceremony

For more details, download the Organising a Commemorative Ceremony document below

Organising a commemorative ceremony.pdf

Organising a commemorative ceremony.doc

Multimedia

Music for a Commemorative Ceremony

To support community-based commemorative ceremonies the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides a free CD of Music for a Commemorative Ceremony.

To request a copy of the Music for a Commemorative Ceremony CD, email commemorations@dva.gov.au and provide a mailing address.

Download Music Files

Veterans’ Stories

How to run a ceremony

For more details, download the Organising a Commemorative Ceremony document below

Organising a commemorative ceremony.pdf

Organising a commemorative ceremony.doc