One of our regular listeners, Molly, was incensed with my rants last year about the Hawthorn supporters and their behaviour during the ANZAC Round Ceremonies. He, like many other supporters out there, was not aware of the correct protocol during the ANZAC Ceremonies and has asked that I provide some details to the listener and readers so that we can all show due respect to the ANZAC’s (and veterans of subsequent wars) for the sacrifices they made for US.

Whllst there is no set list or program that I can find regarding the Official Ceremony on ANZAC Day, especially in relation to the ANZAC Round at the footy, I have found a few websites that are relevant and I would urge you all to read. Even those in other parts of the world. ANZAC DAY SERVICES The Spirit of ANZAC My biggest complaint about the crowd behaviour is the lack of respect/knowledge about what happens during ‘The Last Post’ Yelling and screaming ‘C’mon Blues/Tigers/Hawks/Bombre’s etc is just not on. It reeks of ignorance, arrogance and obnoxiousness.

It may well be that people don’t know BUT most of the voices you hear are loud mature males who presumably have been going to the footy for years and therefore should know better. According to The ANZAC Day Dawn Program at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the following program should be followed around the country and in New Zealand as well. We do not wish to insult the memory and the sacrifices of our trans-Tasman neighbours by forgetting them.


‘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.’

All Repeat We will remember them.


One Minute Silence Lest we forget. All repeat: Lest we forget.


The ‘Rouse’ and the ‘Reveiller’

After the one minute silence, flags are raised from half-mast to the masthead as ‘The rouse’ is sounded. Today it is associated with the ‘Last post’ at all military funerals, and at services of dedication and remembrance. Since Roman times, bugles or horns had been used as signals to command soldiers on the battlefield and regulate soldiers’ days in barracks. ‘

Reveille’ was a bright cheerful call to rouse soldiers from their slumber, ready for duty; the call has also been adopted to conclude funeral services and remembrance services. It symbolises an awakening in a better world for the dead and rouses the living, their respects paid to the memory of their comrades, back to duty. ‘Rouse’ is a shorter bugle call which, as its name suggests, was also used to call soldiers to their duties.

It is ‘Rouse’, due to its much shorter length, which is most commonly used in conjunction with the ‘Last Post’ at remembrance services. The exception is the Dawn Service, when ‘Reveille’ is played. I hope that this clears up the lack of knowledge that some of you have in regards to honouring our forefathers in the manner in which they deserve. Please, lets all show due respect for the way these soldiers fought and died for our future. God knows, it is the least they deserve.

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Hi Ex, Thanks for this. I always go to early after the minute silence. If I was to try to explain why this is, I think it is because in nearly all other occations where there is a minute silence, the ceremony is over after it is finished. Hope this helps everyone. Molly PS. I wonder if they are going to have the ceremony at all the games this year with the actual day being so far away from the Sunday games?

Comment by Phillip Molly Malone – April 24, 2007


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