Traditions

 

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.