Services

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

  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2018

    17 June 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to the actual date, 17/06/1941, when the Battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign. Members of the Battalion, family and friends gather on the forecourt near the Eternal Flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria at 1:45pm before marching up the stairs into the Shrine for the Remembrance ceremony at 2:00pm. This includes reading out the names of those soldiers who have passed away since the last Pilgrimage and a Battalion soldier's background prepared by a family member. Also, the bugle calls The Last Post and Reveille are sounded. The 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Flag is flown on one of the flag poles across from the Eternal Flame during the Pilgrimage. Afterwards, a light afternoon tea is enjoyed by all and tours are led out to the Battalion Tree on the west slope of the Shrine.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2018

    24 June 2018, 1:30pm

    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.

  • HMAS Waterhen 2018

    30 June 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Reserve Forces Day 2018

    1 July 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    For more information please visit the Reserve Forces Day Council website: Reserve Forces Day

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2018

    6 July 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve (commonly referred to as the Far East Strategic Reserve or the FESR) was a military force created from units of the British, Australian, and New Zealand armed forces. Created in the 1950s and based in Malaya, the FESR was conceived as a forward defence point for Australia and New Zealand, providing stability against communist regimes growing in the Southeast Asia region. The FESR Navy Association aims to promote recognition of the service of the men of the FESR's RAN component. As part of their program they hold an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2018

    8 July 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Early in 1942, Air Board realised the urgent need for 'an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward areas at short notice while under threat of air attack'. No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron's family tree can be traced back to a detachment of No 1 Mobile Works Squadron which was formed in July 1942 to construct an airfield at Wards Field five miles from Port Moresby. The detachment was named No 1 Mobile Works Squadron (Special Works Force) and it completed its task in the face of extraordinary difficulties. In November 1942, the detachment became No 5 Mobile Works Squadron and on 15th July 1944, was renamed No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. This title the Squadron has borne proudly ever since. As No 5ACS, the Squadron became part of No 62 Airfield Construction Wing. With a strength of 800 men.