Ceremonies

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative events and ceremonies held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • HMAS Waterhen 2016

    Thursday 30 June, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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  • Reserve Forces Day 2016

    Sunday 3 July, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    For more information please visit the Reserve Forces Day Council website: http://www.rfd.org.au/

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2016

    Wednesday 6 July, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve (commonly referred to as the Far East Strategic Reserve or the FESR) was a military force created from units of the British, Australian, and New Zealand armed forces. Created in the 1950s and based in Malaya, the FESR was conceived as a forward defence point for Australia and New Zealand, providing stability against communist regimes growing in the Southeast Asia region. The FESR Navy Association aims to promote recognition of the service of the men of the FESR's RAN component. As part of their program they hold an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance to lay a wreath at their memorial tree.

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2016

    Sunday 10 July, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    Early in 1942, Air Board realised the urgent need for 'an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward areas at short notice while under threat of air attack'. No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron's family tree can be traced back to a detachment of No 1 Mobile Works Squadron which was formed in July 1942 to construct an airfield at Wards Field five miles from Port Moresby. The detachment was named No 1 Mobile Works Squadron (Special Works Force) and it completed its task in the face of extraordinary difficulties. In November 1942, the detachment became No 5 Mobile Works Squadron and on 15th July 1944, was renamed No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. This title the Squadron has borne proudly ever since. As No 5ACS, the Squadron became part of No 62 Airfield Construction Wing. With a strength of 800 men.

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  • Australasian Tempsford Veterans and Relatives (ATVARA) 2016

    Sunday 10 July, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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  • Bastille Day - Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2016

    Thursday 14 July, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais De Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (July 14th), the French National Day.