Shrine of Remembrance
Dedicated in 1934 to commemorate First World War veterans, the Shrine of Remembrance includes memorials to other conflicts, including the Second World War. The Shrine is a Melbourne icon and an especially poignant location to commemorate Anzac Day, when a dawn service and wreath-laying ceremony are held. Guided tours run from the visitor centre daily at 11am and 2pm, and Services of Remembrance are held every half-hour beginning at 10.30am. During the service, a ray of light illuminates the word ‘love’ on the Stone of Remembrance embedded below the Sanctuary’s marble floor. The Sanctuary was specially designed so that a ray of sunlight would strike the word ‘love’ at 11am on 11 November to commemorate the Armistice that ended the First World War. The shrine hosts a program of permanent and temporary exhibitions, telling the stories of those at home and abroad during wartime.