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Remembrance Day ceremonies



Remembrance Day ceremony outline
[archived DVA pdf file]

Remembrance Day ceremony outline [pdf ] (Archived from Department of Veterans' Affairs website)

Covers the flag protocol (lowering the flag to half mast), catafalque party (guard of four service personnel used in a formal ceremony), hymn, prayer/reading/poem, commemorative address, wreath/poppy laying, the Ode, the Last Post, Minute's Silence, the Rouse, the National Anthem. (This one-page document is illustrated at the right.)

Conduct an event (
Provides a general outline for a commemorative event such as a Remembrance Day or Anzac Day ceremony. However, more detailed information is provided in the pdf document 'Organising a commemorative ceremony' listed as the next item, below.

Also provides:
- music files or download (but also see our Remembrance Day music page)
- sample speeches (but also see our Remembrance Day speeches  page)

Organising a commemorative ceremony [pdf] (

Organising a commemorative ceremony
[current 11-page DVA pdf file]

This document is more detailed than the one above, and it outlines a general commemorative ceremony that can be adapted for either Remembrance Day or Anzac Day. It begins by presenting a ceremony outline, including the approximate time each stage can be expected to take. Then it provides more information about each stage.

The following links take you directly to the sections of a saved copy of this pdf document (but if you intend to browse through a number of them: it will be quicker to use the above version from

- Traditional ceremony outline with approximate lengths of time for each stage.

- The introduction: could be given by the Principal or a student.

- Hymns and contemporary music
       (Note that we have a special page on Hymns for ceremonies and another page of Modern songs for Remembrance Day.)

- Prayers, Readings. Poetry. Poems: For the Fallen, In Flanders Fields, We Shall Keep the Faith.
       (Note that we have a special page on Remembrance Day poems.)

- Commemorative address: speaker, subject, sample speeches.
       (Note that we have a special page on Remembrance Day speeches.)

- Wreath laying: rosemary, laurel, poppies.
       (See also the page The poppy and remembrance.)

- The Ode of Remembrance
       (See also our special page on Remembrance Day poems.)

- The Last Post
       (For sound files see our Bugle calls and anthems page.)

- One Minute's Silence

- The Rouse
       (For sound files see our Bugle calls and anthems page.)

- National Anthems (Australian or New Zealand, or both)
       (For sound files see our Bugle calls and anthems page.)

- Catafalque party

Anzac Day Kit (
A kit to support schools presenting Remembrance Day and Anzac Day ceremonies, based on the use of two contemporary songs, is available for purchase from Dogmatic Music. To listen to the songs, see our Modern song alternatives page and choose Lest We Forget and Australia Remembers.

School assembly ideas School assembly ideas for Remembrance Day

Here are some ways to enhance school Remembrance Day ceremonies (run using the steps outlined in the above section):

display a large image, such a poppy, either as a large coloured printout of a poster or as a projected electronic image
present an electronic slide show of images of poppies, soldiers, local monuments, etc. while students are arriving and leaving
play a song video
include a display of wreaths made by students, either made of real flowers and greenery or as the result of a craft activity
display the image of a local monument that lists the names of fallen soldiers, and have students provide a report on recognised names that it lists
read an extract of a letter from a soldier or a diary entry by a soldier
have a student read a poem
invite a local current or retired soldier to speak
choose a theme, such as the effect of a soldier's death on the family, the suffering of permanent injuries by soldiers, the reconciliation of former enemy countries through trade, the use of poems and letters written by soldiers themselves

More information:
Remembrance Day Assembly Ideas (

Music and songs
Music and songs:

For our list of bugle calls, anthems, hymns and modern song alternatives, see:

● Remembrance Day bugle calls and anthems
● Remembrance Day hymns
● Remembrance Day modern music

Pigeon holding poppy (Image: STORY 2019
Pigeon poppy thief
The pigeon who stole from the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Australian War Memorial

MORE... See our other pages related to ceremonies:

     ● Remembrance Day speeches
     ● Remembrance Day poems and
     ● Remembrance Day bugle calls and anthems, hymns, modern music

See also:

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day lesson materials

Anzac Day ceremonies

Memorials and Rolls

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