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The Australian War Memorial does an admirable job of positively commemorating Australia’s war dead whilst avoiding any glorification of war itself – a notable achievement for a country that sees participation in world wars as key to its identity.
The centrepiece is the Byzantine-style, domed Hall of Memory, approached past an eternal flame rising from a rectangular pond. Look up at the ceiling to see mosaics depicting veterans of World War II, while the lovely blue stained-glass windows commemorate those who fought in World War I. In the centre is the tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, while over 102,000 names of the fallen are etched onto the walls outside. This is where you should be just before closing time when a bugler or piper plays the Last Post in moving testament to the war dead.