11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918.
A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars and veterans sell red poppies on the corners of most major streets in the CBD.
It is not a well known fact that Australia has participated in quite a few major wars from the start of the 20th century on, and for that reason the school had decided to take the students to the actual place in Melbourne where war commemorations are held – the Shrine of Remembrance.
Built in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations. It is one of the largest war memorials in Australia.
Beneath the Sanctuary itself, is the Crypt containing a bronze statue of a father and son, representing the two generations who served in the two world wars. Around the walls are panels listing every unit of the AIF, down to battalion and regiment, along with the colours of their shoulder patch. The Crypt is hung with the standards of various battalions and regiments, listing their battle honours.
Around the Crypt are the Galleries of Remembrance. Set in a cathedral-like underground chamber beneath the Shrine, with permanent and special exhibition spaces integrated between the memorial’s original red brick foundation columns, the galleries represent all of Australia’s history in war. The whole monument is of remarkable significance and allows visitors to immerse themselves in Australian culture and history.
Our students enjoyed the tour, guided by our ever-so-knowledgeable Mark (Certificate I trainer/assessor) and received unique insights about Australia’s war history. Most importantly, as the Shrine of Remembrance overlooks the skyscrapers in the CBD, the field trip presented the students with the opportunity to take some lovely photos and selfies.