Ceremonies Archive

  • Reserve Forces Day 2018

    1 July 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    For more information please visit the Reserve Forces Day Council website: Reserve Forces Day

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2018

    6 July 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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.

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2018

    8 July 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2018

    12 July 2018, 11:30am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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     In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July 1911: Formation of the RAN
    On the 10th July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called ‘His Majesty’s Australian Ship’.

    1 July 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial force more than 23,000 casualties.

    4 July 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles.

    19 July 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sinks the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the battle of Cape Spada off Crete.

  • Bastille Day - Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2018

    14 July 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.

  • Australasian Tempsford Veterans & Relatives Association (ATVARA) 2018

    CANCELLED

    This Association is now part of Bomber Command, the Bomber Command Service on June 10, 2018 will now incorporate ATVARA

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  • Battle of Fromelles 2018

    19 July 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the battle at Fromelles, fought on July 19, 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the western front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2018

    22 July 2018, 1:30pm

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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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.

  • Korean Veterans Association 2018

    27 July 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association - Victorian Branch 2018

    29 July 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA
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    An annual service is held to honour the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATV) on the Sunday closest to July 31 each year. This date marks the arrival of the AATV Advance Party in Vietnam in 1962, with the full complement arriving on August 3. They have the distinction of being the longest-serving and most highly decorated Australian unit of the Vietnam War; being operational for over ten years and four of its members awarded the Victoria Cross.