Services

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

  • Australian Commando Association 2017

    24 September 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49a

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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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.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2017

    24 September 2017, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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.

  • 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