The Australian War Memorial Part 1: Red Poppies For The Brave

I was told that THE thing to see in Canberra was the Australian War Museum. Even more so than Parliament, which some Aussies told me was kind of boring. So I hopped in a cab the first thing after breakfast.

The cabbie was surprised that I only planned to stay there an hour. “You can spend the whole day there!” he says enthusiastically. Now I’m beginning to wonder about the fate of my afternoon.

The War Memorial is a museum documenting every war Australia fought in. It is aligned with Parliament, along the same main road.

View from the War Memorial

The museum has an outdoor courtyard (called the Commemorative Courtyard) with the Pool of Reflection and an Eternal Flame.

Along the walls are the names of the battles where Australians fought. I spotted the Philippines…..

Along the side of the courtyard, on the second floor, is the Roll of Honour, where the names of Australian service men who died in any war are engraved in stone.

People can place red poppies beside names.

I was wondering how they documented names from the earliest war….

Here’s the latest war. As you can see, sadly, there is no end year engraved.

At the Hall of Memory (which is on one end of the Commemorative Courtyard) is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during World War I.

Next post: more on the Australian War Memorial

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