Ceremonies Archive

  • 2/6 Cavalry Commando 2017

    3 November 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C56

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    Each year on 3rd November a service is held to honour the officers and men of the Regiment - both those who fell in battle and those since departed.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2017

    5 November 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Dr. Michael Lawriwsky
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who have served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Air Force.

    In particular, we remember the service of men and women who served in units from World War I and World War II who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to.

    In World War I, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.

    In World War II, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • 4th Australian Field Regiment with Caulfield Grammar 2017

    8 November 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The Regiment’s tree was established on the Shrine Reserve during “Australia Remembers “ Year, 1995. They decided on an Annual Pilgrimage at Remembrance time for a Memorial Service. The Pilgrimage is in honour of all men who served in the Regiment and to the members who made the supreme sacrifice.

  • 2/8th Battalion Infantry Association with Macarthur Street Primary School 2017

    9 November 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C58

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion Association will be joined by Macarthur St 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.

    Raised in Melbourne at the outset of the Second World War the 2/8th first saw action in North Africa as part of the 6th Division before participating in the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns. Withdrawn from the Middle-East in 1942 the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before being seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1944-45.

    The Battalion commemorates the service of its members on the second Sunday in November each year. The Battalion suffered 94 killed and 272 wounded during the war.

  • Remembrance Day 2017

    11 November 2017, 10:30am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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  • Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais De Victoria 2017

    11 November 2017, 11:20am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Association, which has branches all over the world, commemorates the service and sacrifice of French soldiers on Remembrance Day each year. The Association also remembers those Australians who gave their lives on French soil in the First World War and for French freedom in the Second World War on this day. The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria will be joined by Camberwell 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.

  • Laying Up the Old Guidon of the 4th Light Horse Regiment

    11 November 2017, 3:00pm

    Ceremony on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • Gurkha/Nepalese Wreath Laying Service 2017

    12 November 2017, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G57

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Each year on the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day the service and sacrifice of the Gurkha regiments is honoured at their memorial plaque. This plaque was dedicated on Remembrance Day 2007 and is located near the Legacy Garden in the Shrine Reserve, please ask staff for directions if necessary.

  • 4th Anti-Tank Association 2017

    12 November 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised in Victoria in 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - November 2017

    16 November 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Today we commemorate the following military occasions that occurred in November:

    2 November 1942: Kokoda Airstrip Re-occupied
    Australian troops forced their Japanese opponents out of Kokoda in early November 1942. The capture of Kokoda and its airfield made subsequent operations significantly easier due to its shortened lines of supply.

    12 November 1943: Final Japanese Air Raid on Australia
    This day saw a small Japanese force bomb Darwin. This raid, the 64th on the city, was the final aerial bombardment of Australia during the Second World War.

    5 November 1950: Battle of Pakchon, Korea
    The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, part of the 27th Commonwealth Brigade, successfully assaulted and held crucial hill features overlooking Pakchon in the face of heavy North Korean and Chinese resistance. 3RAR were supported by British troops, New Zealand artillery and American amour in their actions on 5 November 1950.

  • RAE Association 2017

    18 November 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying near Memorial Tree D72

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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  • 9RAR Association 2017

    19 November 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    An annual service is held each year on the first Sunday following Remembrance Day to commemorate the raising of the unit and its first and last days of active service in Vietnam.

    The 9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR) was raised in November 1967 for service in the Vietnam War. After training and a working up period the unit was deployed to Vietnam in November 1968, where it saw active service over the next 12 months as part of 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF).

  • HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistic Support Unit 2017

    19 November 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This service is held on the 19th of November each year.

  • 106 Tank Attack Regiment Association 2017

    26 November 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary followed by a Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C7

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    A commemorative service is held at the Shrine on the last Sunday in November each year, this marks the Regiment's last month of active operations during the war. The day is also the anniversary of the dedication of the unit's memorial tree and plaque at the Shrine.

  • Blackburn RSL Sub-Branch 2017

    28 November 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Blackburn RSL Sub-Branch is conducting a pilgrimage and Wreath Laying to remember past service members of their Sub-Branch.

  • Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women 2017

    29 November 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E14

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

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    This service usually occurs on the last Wednesday of November each year.