SUGGESTION OF A CEREMONY OUTLINE

  • Introduction/welcome invited guests
  • Hymn/Prayer/reading/poem
  • Address
  • Wreath or poppy laying
  • The Ode
  • The Last Post
  • One minute's silence
  • Rouse
  • National Anthem

All are requested to stand.
Before the start of the ceremony, flags should be lowered to the half-mast. During the playing of the Rouse, flags are to be raised slowly to the masthead. Please remember to carefully time the speeches in this ceremony so that the Last Post can be played at 11 am.

Introduction- the introduction can be given by the Principal or a student explaining why you are holding a Remembrance Day ceremony. The introduction should only take up to one to two minutes.

Hymn/Prayer/Reading/Poem - Hymns that are suitable for a Remembrance Day ceremony could include:

  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past
  • O Valiant Hearts
  • Abide with Me

All are requested to stand; after the hymn, please be seated.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy bast,
And our eternal home.
Beneath the shadows of Thy Throne
Thy Saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine Arm alone,
And our defence is sure.
Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her fame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

An appropriate modern song can be played instead of a hymn. An example of a modern song could be 'Bryan Adams' song 'Remembrance Day'.

Prayers and readings that may be recited during the ceremony include:

  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Psalm 23
  • John 15: 10-13

Students during the ceremony can recite Readings of epitaphs, letters written by soldiers or those on the home front or other readings about war.

Poems that may be read during the Remembrance Day ceremony can include:

  • In Flanders Fields, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
  • We Shall Keep the Faith (A reply to Lt. Col. John McCrae), Miss Moira Michae
  • For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon

Alternatively, students may research and write their own poems on war to be recited during the ceremony.

Address - An ex-serviceman or woman, current serving member of the Australian Defence Force, local dignitary, teacher or student, could give the address. This could include an explanation of Remembrance Day, why we still commemorate Remembrance Day and whom we commemorate. The speaker at this time should be interesting to the audience, be given a maximum time for the address and reminded that they need to adhere to this time in order for the Last Post to be played at 11 am.

Alternatively, students may wish to research and perform a theatrical piece about war and/or the commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Wreath or poppy laying - Students could make wreaths or poppies from flowers or using other materials. The wreaths or the poppies can be placed at he base of the school's flagpole.

The Ode - The Ode or The Ode of Remembrance is taken from Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

(Audience Responds)
We will remember them.

The Last Post - The Last Post has historically signified the end of the working day. The Last Post is played during commemorative ceremonies to serve as a tribute to the dead.

One minute's silence - The one-minute's silence is to commence at 11 am. The silence offers a time to reflect on the significance of the day and as a sign of respect.

Rouse - The rouse (or Reveille) is played and signifies the waking up to a new day. During the playing of the Rouse, flags should be slowly raised to the masthead.

National Anthem - Advanced Australia Fair is played at the conclusion of the ceremony.

All that are able are requested to stand;
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

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