It's not all about the ANZACs at the Shrine of Remembrance. Head down in February to learn a thing or two about Korean war sites and how we got into swing music
Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance is one of this city’s most recognisable landmarks. Hordes of tourists stream down St Kilda road daily to take sombre selfies, and on April 25 over 60,000 souls come to stand in the pre-dawn cold to remember those who fell at Gallipoli with trumpets, speeches and games of two-up on the lawn.
But while ANZAC day is the Shrine’s busiest, this stately site actually has events running all year from lectures to plays, focusing on all wars and peacekeeping campaigns of the past century right up to the most recent tours in Afghanistan.
The Shrine holds 160 commemoration ceremonies annually (most are attended by veterans and families, but they’re open to everyone) as well as daily guided tours and, thanks to recent funding from the government, they’re currently building a new auditorium to add more live arts projects and films to the already extensive program of lectures.
Better yet, most events are free, which is good news for military fans and thrifty folks everywhere.