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Australian War Memorial, Canberra: 72 reviews and 178 photos

  The War Museum's eternal flame
by iandsmith
 
 

This museum has the largest collection of VCs (Victoria Crosses) anywhere. This was the highest order that a serviceman from the then British Empire could attain. The words "for valour" are enscribed on the medal and many were awarded posthumously. Heroic tales of how the medals were won are writ large in front of them, evoking deeds of times past. One wonders if it could be a VC winner that lies beneath the eternal flame.
It seems to be a world-wide phenomenon, the tomb of the unknown soldier. Knowing that a single unidentified serviceman's remains are interred at a particular point, representing the millions killed during the conflicts, has a certain poignancy about it.
Due reverence is paid and, at the end of the day, a small ceremony takes place here at the eternal flame that highlights the tomb.

Address: Treloar Crescent, Campbell
Phone: 02 6243 4211
Website: http://www.awm.gov.au/

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  • Written Sep 18, 2005
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