The War Memorial is considered one of the nation's greatest. Standing at the top of Anzac Parade, the memorial is home to a large collection of pictures, media and information about the War, personal and public records and more.
The collections held in the Australian War Memorial reflect a number of wars/armed conflicts with which Australia has contributed across the globe. These include WWI, WWII, Korean War, South African War, Gulf War and many others.
The memorial hosts a range of activities, a vast collection of information and pays tribute to over 100,000 Australian men and women who died serving their country both here and overseas.
The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and looks down upon Canberra and Parliament House. It is open everyday between 10.00am-5.00pm. Also there is the Anzac Parade which gives you an opportunity to reflect on the human cost of war.
Every year the Australian War Memorial hosts both Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations that are attended by hundreds of people, both old and young. These commemorations are key to honouring the sacrifices made by the Australians who died at war.
There are small wreath laying ceremonies held every week at the Australian War Memorial, specifically the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Often schools will take up the opportunity to partake in this special ceremony.
There are several memorials along Anzac Parade, with large war relics being kept at Treloar Technology Centre, (corner Vickers and Callon Streets in Mitchell).
The Memorial is a two-storey building with a floor plan in the shape of a cross.The upper level is dedicated primarily to World War I and World War II.
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