Ceremonies Archive

  • Australian Macedonian Community Commemorative Service 2017

    CANCELLED

    This service has been Cancelled by the Association and will no longer take place at the Shrine.


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  • 7 Battalions Combined 2017

    6 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    7 Battalions Combined recognises the three variations of the 7th Battalion that served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam War:
    7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought during the First World War at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
    2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought throughout the Second World War.
    7 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment served two tours during the Vietnam War and continues to serve within 1st Brigade.

  • Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc (VAJEX Aust Inc.) 2017

    6 August 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The Victorian Association Of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc cares for Jewish military personnel and is open to all who are currently serving, or have served, in Allied Forces. Membership is also open to their families as non-service members.

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  • Battle of Amiens 2017

    8 August 2017, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The Rotary Club of Melbourne 0808 Committee hold an annual Remembrance Service to commemorate the Australian contribution to victory at The Battle of Amiens. They also recognise and honour the contribution of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD, a significant Charter member and President 1922-23 of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, founded 21 Apr 1921.

    The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918, as the opening phase of the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. It was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war, and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of the trenches. The efforts of the ANZAC Corps were orchestrated by General Sir John Monash.

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  • 75th Anniversary of the Sinking of the HMAS Canberra (Battle of Savo Island)

    9 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

    Hear from surviving Second World War navy veterans as they recount tales from their service, in the Shrine event Words From Our Navy Veterans, at midday. Bookings required: What's On

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  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2017

    13 August 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Operation Pedestal was a Second World War British operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942). This island fortress was a major base for British attacks against German and Italian forces in North Africa, resulting in an Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the Operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight.

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2017

    Cancelled in 2017 by Association Request

    This service has been cancelled by Association request for 2017.

    The Association will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign in conjunction with the 2/14 and 2/16 Battalion Associations on August 26 2017, and those looking to pay their respects to the 39th Battalion are welcome to attend.

    Services for the 39th Battalion will resume in 2018.

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  • 72nd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)

    15 August 2017, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later

     

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 2017

    18 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

  • RAN Recruits August 2017

    20 August 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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 - August 2017

    20 August 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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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 the First World War and Second World War who once would have attended their annual pilgrimage this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to.

    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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2017

    24 August 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914 – Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914; its mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915 - Gallipoli
    From the sixth to the seventeenth of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach and was followed by several days fighting resulting in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation.

    8 August 1916 – Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm.

    13 August 1941 – Formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942 - Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city.

  • 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign

    26 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The Kokoda Campaign consisted of a series of battles fought along the Kokoda Trail from July to November 1942, between Japan and combined Australian-Papuan Forces. Initial Japanese advances were eventually reversed through vicious fighting, at a loss of 625 Australian lives and 1,600 wounded. Casualties due to sickness exceeded 4,000.

    The Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea) was a path that traversed the Owen Stanley mountain range, providing access between Port Moresby and the Kumusi River crossing at Wairopi. The Japanese favoured the trail for an overland advance on Port Moresby, when the Battle of the Coral Sea limited amphibious options.

    Victory on the Kokoda Trail denied the Japanese additional airfields from which to threaten Allied bases in northern Australia, and was the impetus to change jungle warfare tactics for the Australian Army.

  • Legacy Sunday 2017

    27 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    This service initiates Legacy Week, the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

    www.legacy.com.au/LegacyWeek

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2017

    27 August 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria) will be supported by students and staff of Wesley College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

    www.shrine.org.au/Education/Adopt-an-Ex-Service-Organisation-Program

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2017

    31 August 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia was established in June 1995, with branches in all States and Territories. They honour the memory and sacrifice of all those who served during the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation: www.nmbvaa.org.au/