Ceremonies

Each year the RSL is involved in a number of commemorative services and events.

ANZAC Day
In 1915 we were a young country no doubt eager to prove ourselves to the world. On April 25th that year our chance came, when at 4.28am the first Australian troops set foot on the sandy shores of Gallipoli, the legend of the ANZAC’s was born.

We remember and honour, pausing to reflect on their sacrifice to make a better world.

Learn more about ANZAC Day and what it means to so many people.

Remembrance Day
At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent as hostilities ceased on the Western Front, ending four years of death and destruction.

We now stop to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Learn more about Remembrance Day and why it is so special.

Cenotaph
This place of honour is to sit in silent contemplation and remembrance of those who served and those who continue to serve.

Last Post
The ”Last Post” is usually played at Military establishments to signal “Lights Out” – The end of the day – sleep – rest – the end of a life.

Rouse or Reveille
“Rouse” or “Reveille” is sounded early in the morning – the call to rise – to work and also the commencement of a new life – resurrection.

Rosemary
Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance. Since ancient times, this aromatic herb has been believed to have properties to improve the memory. Even today, rosemary oils and extracts are sold for this purpose. Possibly because of these properties, rosemary became an emblem of both fidelity and remembrance in ancient literature and folklore. Traditionally, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, and are usually handed out by Legacy and the RSL. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.