The view from the viewing platform at the top of the Shrine of Remembrance is the best view in Melbourne. This is intentional - even the current Minister for Planning has been unable to destroy the historical planning which gives an uninterrupted view down Swanston Street to the Yarra River and St Paul's Cathedral. The view, however, is secondary to the purpose of the Shrine - a memorial to Australia's war heroes. The main chamber is designed to have light cast over the grave of an unmarked soldier at 11am on the 11 November each year. The museum beneath the main chamber is quaint, and so very Australian. Outside on the forecourt, which is always at capacity on 25 April and on the 11 November, lies the eternal flame and memorials and gardens dedicated to different wars involving Australians. To the west of the Shrine is a statute to Simpson and his Donkey. This is a sacred site, a place to be respectful, and to remember the sacrifices of the fallen so that we can live freely today. We should never take their sacrifice for granted.