Ceremonies Archive

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria 2017

    11 October 2017, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2017

    14 October 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War.

  • RAN Recruits October 2017

    15 October 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    Cadets from the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus attend a Shrine Service as part of their course content. The Recruit School is divided into four intakes per month, in which they complete their 11 week course:
    Emms Division, Rogers Division, Shipp Division and Taylor Division.
    Upon graduation the Recruits are formally recognized as ‘sailors’ in the RAN, promoted to the rank of Seaman (star).

    For more details on a career in the RAN: navy.gov.au/join-navy

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2017

    15 October 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Dr. Helen Drennen
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. This service focuses on the Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars.

    In the First World War, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In the Second World War, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2017

    17 October 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the wars end the regiment moved to Rabaul as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    This annual Memorial Service will be attended by Christ Church Grammar school, as part of the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program.

  • Navy Commemorative Service 2017

    18 October 2017, 10:30am

    Please note this service has been cancelled by Association request for 2017. The Navy Commemorative Service will resume in 2018.

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2017

    19 October 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annett Holian

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    October contains several significant dates relating to Australian involvement in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. These include:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captures Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian forces were involved in this action, RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San & Kowang San
    Australian infantry makes a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2017

    20 October 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F1b

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper commissioned in 1941 and served during the Second World War. She was decommissioned in 1946. In October 2007 a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be joined by Berwick Primary School for the commemorative service. This is part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program, interested schools can contact the Shrine for further information.

    The RAN History website has more information on the HMAS Lismore: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas_lismore

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2017

    22 October 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    An annual service for the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association to commemorate the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November, 1942) in which the Battalion suffered heavy casualties.

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2017

    22 October 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    This artillery regiment was raised in 1940, mainly from Victorian volunteers. They saw action in the campaigns in North Africa, Syria-Lebanon, Salamaua–Lae, the Finisterre Ranges and Borneo. They disbanded in February 1946.

  • 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2017

    27 October 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War - the Siege of Tobruk in 1941, the El Alamein battles in 1942, the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea in 1943, and the landings in British North Borneo in 1945.

    Each year a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa.

    The 9th Australian Division Council will be joined by Scotch College for the commemorative service. This is part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program, interested schools can contact the Shrine for further information.

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-Branch Inc. 2017

    28 October 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Hellenic Sub-Branch of the Returned & Services League was founded in the 1970s to promote the Hellenes contribution to the Australian Forces.

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    The Light Horse: Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

    31 October 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    At dusk on 31 October 1917 the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history. To commemorate the centenary of the battle and the legend of the Australian Light Horse, there will be a special wreath laying service on the Shrine Forecourt at 11am, supported by a procession of horses and riders in Light Horse uniform (available to meet after the Service).

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