Melbourne's memorial to all the men and women of Australia's Armed Forces is the pyramid-shaped "Shrine of Remembrance." Designed and built between 1928 and 1934 by World War I veterans/architects Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop, the Shrine was inspired by the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens. The original concept was to remember those Australians from the State of Victoria killed during World War I. Today, it is a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It's motto, "Lest We Forget" is engraved throughout the Shrine. This is a powerful tribute to all veterans. We had the unexpected pleasure and honor of meeting Msr. Arras, Mayor of Haute-de-France, when he visited the Shrine and to lay a wreath at the Sanctuary stone as a thank you to those who helped to liberate France.
Embedded in the floor of the Sanctuary is this symbolic gravestone to all who died in battle for Australia. The placement of this stone is such, that ..."on November 11th of each year, at 11:00 am a ray of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof to light up the word "Love" in the inscription." To recreate that ray of light for visitors at other times of the year, every half-hour an artificial light sweeps across the stone. During our visit, while watching this ceremony, we noticed what appeared to be a seasoned warrior's face(in camouflage)in the granite, illuminated by the light as it passed by the letter "G". Staff of the Shrine had never noticed this before, but when we pointed it out to them, they agreed with our discovery.