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Conduct an event

Conduct an event

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.

Ceremony Outline
Below 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

For more detail on how to run a ceremony, download the Organising a Commemorative Ceremony document below.

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
You can also download MP3 audio files to support your commemorative ceremony. All music is courtesy of the Royal Military College Band, Duntroon.

Title Verses Track Length File Size  
The Last Post N/A 01:32 1,110KB Download
The Rouse N/A 00:31 383KB Download
God Defend New Zealand 1 00:55 1,262KB Download
God Defend New Zealand 2 1:39 2.280KB Download
Advance Australia Fair 1 01:10 1,401KB Download
Advance Australia Fair 2 1:55 2.640KB Download
O Valiant Hearts 3 02:51 2,747KB Download
Abide with Me 4 02:37 2,516KB Download
O God, Our Help in Ages Past 3 01:47 1,727KB Download

Sample Speeches

For those preparing an address, some inspiration may be found by reading these memorable speeches:

Anzac Day addresses for the general public (Australian Army website)

Remembrance Day 1993 – Paul Keating (Australian War Memorial website)

Remembrance Day 1997 – John Howard (Australian War Memorial website)  

 Sample speech for Secondary Schools

This sample speech is designed as a starting point for secondary school students to develop the script for Anzac Day 2015.  Teachers are encouraged to have their students practice their delivery of the speech before the commemorative ceremony.  Schools are encouraged to identify and research an Anzac who enlisted in, or was born in, their local area and highlight their service in the speech.

Sample speech for Primary Schools

This sample speech is designed as a starting point for primary school students to develop the script for Anzac Day 2015.  Teachers are encouraged to have their students practice their delivery of the speech before the commemorative ceremony.  Schools are encouraged to identify and research an Anzac who enlisted in, or was born in, their local area and highlight their service in the speech.