Ceremonies Archive

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2017

    5 May 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The HMAS Castlemaine Association will be joined by Tecoma 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.

  • WRAAC Association Including AWAS Service 2017

    7 May 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2017

    7 May 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    This service is attended by the Australian American Association (Vic), the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • 72nd ANNIVERSARY of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association

    8 May 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    RSL VICTORY IN EUROPE REMEMBRANCE SERVICE AT THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE

    The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the ODD BODS Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Monday 8th May 2017 to commemorate the World War 2 Victory in Europe.

    On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8–9 May 1945. The following day, 8 May, was declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day, but in Australia, celebration was tempered with the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won.
    Australians serving overseas joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European prison camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to returning home. While in the major Australian cities there were similar outbursts of rejoicing, overall, the mood across the country was sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services, and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

    The Service marks the RSL’s recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who have lost relatives and loved ones during that war.
    Students from schools are expected to attend.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2017

    8 May 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B36

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th to 8th of May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8th May.

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2017

    12 May 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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  • Battles of Bullecourt Centenary Ceremony- May 2017

    13 May 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles against the vaunted Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were these battles that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The Blood Tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 17 May) a hollow victory at best. Charles Bean, Australia’s official historian, later wrote that this battle was ‘…in some way the stoutest achievement of the Australian soldier in France, carried through against the stubbornest enemy that ever faced him there.’ Seven thousand Australian casualties attested to this fact.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2017

    14 May 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2017

    18 May 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of May we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras Campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totalled 7,000.

    14 May 1943: Sinking of hospital ship Centaur
    The hospital ship Centaur was sunk off the Queensland coast in one of the most controversial incidents of the war. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of 12 nurses and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war.

    30 May 1942: The ‘1000 Bomber Raid’
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the ‘1000 Bomber’ raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations.

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation or at the hands of their Japanese guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death marches were alive.

  • Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) Inc 2017

    21 May 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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     For more information on the Bomber Command Commemorative Association, please go to their website: bombercommand.org.au

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2017

    27 May 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The day includes a small parade, church service, and wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the battle of Crete in May 1941. We pay our respect to those people.

  • RAN Recruits May 2017

    28 May 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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  • Boer War Commemoration 2017

    28 May 2017, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War Veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A Commemoration service will commence with a march up to the eternal flame by Boer War Veterans descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome.

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2017

    28 May 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2017

    31 May 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee (Chairman) Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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  • RAASC/RACT Association 2017

    CANCELLED

    Please note that this service has been cancelled, and has been incorporated into the Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service for May.

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    The Australian Army Service Corps (AASC) was formed shortly after Federation in and for the next 72 years would provide the Australian Army with unparalleled service. Awarded the title 'Royal' following the Second World War the RAASC served in all major Australian conflicts - First World War, Second World War, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. An annual service is held on 31st May each year to mark the years of service provided by the RAACS and its members. This date was chosen to commemorate the disbanding of the Corps on 31st May 1973 and the handing over of its duties to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) and Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC).