Remembrance Day Ceremony to Go Virtual

Remembrance Day Ceremony to Go Virtual
An Australian war veteran wears his medals, including a service medal from the Vietnam war (Far-L), at the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service in Sydney on Aug. 18, 2016. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Australian War Memorial is set to commemorate Remembrance Day with a nationally televised ceremony.

The event will be held at the Memorial in Canberra from 10.45 a.m. to midday on Nov. 11, broadcast live on TV and streamed online.

Memorial director Matt Anderson PSM encouraged people to take the time to reflect on the day.

“At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year, as a nation, we pause to contemplate the sacrifice of all who have died in the service of our nation,” Anderson said in a statement.

RSL NSW acting president Ray James said it would be “particularly meaningful” for the veteran community to see Remembrance Day gatherings take place after Anzac Day commemorations were cancelled.

The national Remembrance Day ceremony will retain traditional elements such as one minute’s silence at 11 a.m., the laying of wreaths by invited dignitaries, the sounding of the Last Post, and a commemorative address by Corporal Daniel Keighran VC.

The Memorial will remain closed on Wednesday morning and will reopen at the conclusion of the national ceremony.

The Last Post ceremony will take place at 4.55 p.m. and be streamed online.

The Memorial will host an evening opening of the Commemorative Area from 5.30 p.m. until 7 p.m.