Traditions

Traditions

Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Australia Day

Australia Day

On 26 January each year, Australians come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about our country, and to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of.
Aiguillettes

Aiguillettes

Aiguillettes are gilded cords ending in gold metal tagged points, and are worn by officers to distinguish special and senior appointments.
Catafalque Party

Catafalque Party

A catafalque is a raised structure supporting a stand that usually holds a coffin to allow mourners to file past and pay their last respects. A watch or catafalque party was traditionally mounted around the coffin to ensure the safety of the body while it lay in state.
Colours, Standards, Guidons and Banners

Colours, Standards, Guidons and Banners

There are four distinctive forms of Honourable Insignia currently in use by the Australian Army. Colours, Standards, Guidons and Banners
Dawn Service

Dawn Service

The Dawn Service observed on Anzac Day has its origins in a military routine that is still followed by the Australian Army today.
For the Fallen

For the fallen

In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of an appropriate poem designed to help the listener understand the experiences of service people and their relatives in wartime.
Gorgets

Gorget Patches

There are two types of gorget patch, both worn on the collar and identical in shape and colour, but with different design features.
In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of an appropriate poem designed to help the listener understand the experiences of service people and their relatives in wartime.
Lanyards

Lanyards

The practice of wearing lanyards, of various colours, on the right shoulder, applies to all members of the Australian Army except for Infantry Corps units and ‘A’ Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery who wear their lanyards on the left shoulder. Officer ranks colonel and above and senior Regimental Sergeants Major do not wear lanyards.
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day in Australia is an occasion to commemorate and remember all Australians who have died as a result of war.
The Broad Arrow

The Broad Arrow

One of the oldest symbols of Government and/or Ordnance is the mark of the ‘Broad Arrow’.
The Last Post

The Last Post

The Last Post is one of a number of bugle calls in military tradition that mark the phases of the day.
The ode

The Ode

In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of an appropriate poem. One traditional recitation on Anzac Day is the Ode.
The Pace Stick

The Pace Stick

The Pace Stick was used by Field Gun Teams to ensure correct distances between the guns on the battlefield, thus ensuring the appropriate effective fire. Regimental Sergeants Major carry a Pace Stick as a symbol of their appointment.
The Parade Ground

The Parade Ground

“Within the Australian Army, the Parade Ground holds a special symbolic representation of a sanctuary of a unit’s fallen soldiers and in line with this symbolism it is deemed “hallowed ground” and is respected as such”
Soldiers wearing the red poppy

The Red Poppy

The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians and is worn on Remembrance Day each year.
Rising Sun Image

The Rising Sun Badge

Proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars, the 'Rising Sun' badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition. The distinctive shape of the badge, worn on the upturned side of a slouch hat, is commonly identified with the spirit of Anzac.
The Rouse and the Reveille

The Rouse and the Reveille

The Rouse and Reveille are bugle calls played to signify different parts of the day.
The Salute

The Salute

Saluting is a military custom by which a soldier signals acknowledgement of the due respect to a superior rank.
The Sam Browne Belt

The Sam Browne belt

The Sam Browne belt is named after Sir Samuel James Browne, VC.
The Slouch Hat

The Slouch Hat

The slouch hat is an object strongly associated with Australian identity.
The Sword

The Sword

Today’s swords are facsimiles of the functional weapons of the past and are essentially a ceremonial weapon.
The importance of Silence

The significance of Silence

Silence for one or two minutes is included in ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies as a sign of respect and a time for reflection.
Victoria Cross Recipients

Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross was created in the wake of the carnage of the Crimean War to recognise gallantry in action by all ranks of the services.