Ceremonies Archive

  • 7 Battalions Combined 2018

    5 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.) 2018

    5 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

    The VAJEX pilgrimage is to remember and recognises the Jewish Fallen from Victoria who served alongside fellow Australians and Allied Forces. Australian Jews have demonstrated their loyalty by serving their country in the Boer War 1899-1902, WWI, WWII, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and have also served as Peace Keepers. Formed in 1929, VAJEX has a proud 84 year history.

    For more details go to the VAJEX website.

  • Battle of Amiens 2018

    8 August 2018, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Battle of Amiens, 8th August 1918, was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war. The efforts of the ANZAC Corps were orchestrated by General Sir John Monash and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of trench warfare. Each year at 8am on the 8th of August a service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance to mark this battle and remember the men who fought it.

  • HMAS Canberra (Battle of Savo Island) 2018

    9 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2018

    12 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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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) 2018

    12 August 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

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  • 73rd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)

    15 August 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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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 on 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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2018

    16 August 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 2018

    18 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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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.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2018

    19 August 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

  • Legacy Sunday 2018

    26 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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     This service initiates Legacy Week.

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2018

    26 August 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Catalina Club will be joined by Wesley 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. 

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2018

    31 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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