Traditions

 

Here are some traditions communities hold around war memorials. Click on each heading to learn more about the tradition.

The Last Post

The meaning and origins of The Last Post, including a sample recording which you can listen to.

Laurel Wreaths

Discussion of some history and significance of wreath laying.

The Ode

The origins and significance of The Ode, including full text of the poem For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon from which The Ode comes.

Poppies for Remembrance

Discussion of the significance of poppies as a symbol of war, including Lieut-Col. John McCrae M.D.'s poem, In Flanders Fields.

Rosemary for Remembrance

Discussion of the significance of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance.

Memorial Days

Discussion of the history and significance of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

The State Funeral

Description of the traditions of the State Funeral, with a discussion of gun carriages, liturgical aspects, music and flags.