Services

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade)100th Anniversary 2017

    26 September 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45 60th Battalion

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

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    100th 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 and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now 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.

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria 2017

    11 October 2017, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2017

    14 October 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War.

  • RAN Recruits October 2017

    15 October 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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    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 - October 2017

    15 October 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Dr. Helen Drennen
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2017

    17 October 2017, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the wars end the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    This annual Memorial Service will be attended by Christ Church Grammar school, as part of the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program.