Ceremonies Archive

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2018

    3 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation’s commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country’s ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War.

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Association 2018

    4 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association Requests Nil Assistance

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    4 Sep - SASR Regimental Birthday.
    In 1964, the SAS Coy was expanded to a regiment. Each year the birthday is celebrated on 4 Sep. SASR is tasked to provide special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. This includes providing unique capabilities to support sensitive strategic operations, special recovery operations, training assistance, special reconnaissance and precision strike and direct action.

  • RSL and Services Clubs Association 2018

    CANCELLED

    This service will be held in 2019

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  • Battle for Australia 2018

    5 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt
    All School Students Welcome

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

     

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September.

     

  • Annual Shrine Family Wreath Laying 2018

    9 September 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    All Trustees, Life Governors, Governors, Staff and Volunteers welcome.

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    This remembrance service is in memory of members of the extended 'Shrine family' who have passed on. The 'Shrine family' incorporates all those involved at the Shrine including Trustees, Life Governors, Young Ambassadors, Custodians, Volunteers, Shrine Guard and staff.

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2018

    9 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

     The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson’s Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured – a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.

     

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2018

    11 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.

  • Russian ANZACs 2018

    11 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B92

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • Submarines Association of Australia 2018

    16 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War.

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2018

    16 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2018

    16 September 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory.

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities; competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed in action.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2018

    20 September 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    The AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War.

    September 1941: The Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the “Rats of Tobruk”, spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2018

    23 September 2018, 12:00pm

    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.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2018

    23 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945; then 3 months later they formed part of the occupation forces on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi). The battalion disbanded on 22 February 1946.

  • Trustees Remembrance Service

    25 September 2018, 9:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA
    TBA

    This Service is Closed to the Public

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  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2018

    26 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B58

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, a First ANZAC component within the third battle of Ypres that cost 5,770 Australian lives. The name is derived from a young plantation forest that lay along the First ANZAC axis of advance.

    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighboring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.

  • Australian Commando Association 2018

    30 September 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49a

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson’s Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve.