Marking Remembrance Day from the classroom

Join the Shrine of Remembrance virtual service, take a virtual tour of the Shrine, and discover new resources

In recent years, up to 4000 Victorian school students have attended Victoria's Remembrance Day Service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Remembrance Day marks the date in 1918 when the First World War came to an end. On Remembrance Day every year, all people are asked to observe a minute's silence at 11am on  Wednesday 11 November, to remember those who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the service this year will look a little different. The Shrine of Remembrance is conducting a virtual service that teachers and students are invited to watch from their classroom.

Virtual service details

When: 10.45am – 11.20am, Wednesday 11 November

How to access: use the Shrine of Remembrance Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Other ways to recognise Remembrance Day

The Shrine of Remembrance website offers teachers information on a range of activities and resources to support learning about Remembrance Day for all year levels.

As well as the virtual service, teachers are invited to:

  • pause together with your class at 11am on Wednesday 11 November to remember those who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations
  • explore new WWII stories as part of the Victorian Government's 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII commemorative program
  • join a free, 50-minute virtual tour of the Shrine of Remembrance with your class. To book, refer to the shrine's Online School Programs web page. This page also has ready-to-use lesson plans to support classroom learning for all year levels
  • download the Shrine's messenger bird template and use it with your class to remember that during wartime, messenger birds were used to communicate important information to the frontline and always knew their way home
  • learn the history and science behind the Ray of Light, an iconic symbol of Remembrance Day, by tuning into a broadcast at 11.50am on Wednesday 11 November on the Shrine's Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Find out more

For more information, refer to: