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In 1993, to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, the Australian Government exhumed the remains of an unknown Australian soldier from the Western Front for State Funeral and reburial at the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory in Canberra.

Before being lowered in the tomb, the coffin was placed on the Stone of Remembrance outside the Memorial where the Prime Minister, Paul Keating, said:
. . .We will never know who this Australian was. Yet he has always been among those we have honoured. We know that he was one of the 45,000 Australians who died on the Western Front, one of the 416,000 Australians who volunteered for service in World War I . . . and one of the 100,000 Australians who have died in wars this century. He is all of them. And he is one of us.

A World War One veteran sprinkled soil from France, over the coffin and said, ‘Now you're home, mate.’