Outline of service

This page describes an outline of service that would be appropriate for an ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day or other commemorative service. The service can be adapted to suit the occasion or community traditions. There is flexibility in the choice of prayers, readings and poems, in whether the assembly sing the popular hymns or modern music. The personality of your chosen speaker and the theme of the address given also make your ceremony familiar, yet unique.

This ceremony will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes depending on the length of speeches, hymns and prayers and the number of wreaths to be laid.

Flags should be lowered to half-mast prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

Catafalque party takes post (if applicable) Assembly stands
Welcome address and introduction of guest speaker Assembly seated
Address by guest speaker (local dignitary, ex-service person, member of the Defence Force) Assembly seated
Hymn Assembly stands
Response to the address (optional) Assembly seated
Prayer Assembly stands
Wreath Laying Assembly seated
The Ode Assembly stands
Last Post Assembly stands
One minute’s sacred silence Heads bowed
Flag/s raised
Heads raised
Recitation of appropriate poem Assembly seated
National Anthem Assembly stands
Catafalque party dismounts (if applicable) Assembly stands
Closing thanks Assembly stands
Ceremony concludes  

Other resources

For more detail on hymns, prayers, wreaths, the Ode, bugle calls (Last Post, Rouse and Reveille), one minute’s silence, poems and flag protocols, review the following websites: