Friday, 23 June 2006

Shrine of Rememberance

Shrine of Rememberance

Picture of the war memorial, Shrine of Rememberance. On every Anzac Day, there will be families or old ex-soldiers commemorating there with all the badges worn. Lius is decending the great northern stairs.

The Shrine of Remembrance, located in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, is one of the largest war memorials in Australia. It was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I, but soon came to be seen as Australia's major memorial to all the 60,000 Australians who died in the war. It now serves as a memorial for all Australians who served in war and it is the site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).

Inside the Shrine is the Sanctuary, which contains the Stone of Remembrance. This is a marble stone sunk below the pavement, where visitors must bow their heads to read the inscription:


The Stone is aligned with an aperture in the roof of the Sanctuary so that a ray of sunlight falls on the word LOVE on the Stone of Remembrance at exactly 11am on 11 November, marking the hour and day of the Armistice which ended World War I. Unfortunately the introduction of daylight saving in Victoria meant that the ray of sunlight was no longer in the right place at 11am. A mirror has now been installed in the roof to direct sunlight onto the Stone at 11am. During the rest of the year, a light is used to simulate the effect.


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