Services

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

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2018

    25 April 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be joined by Christ Church Grammar School 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.

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2018

    29 April 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary and then at Memorial Tree C54

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    The 57/60th Battalion (AIF) Association holds a small service each year to commemorate the service and sacrifice of its members. This service is traditionally held on the first Sunday following ANZAC Day. This tradition was born at the Association's first function, the first Sunday after ANZAC Day 1946, following the creation of the organisation in 1945.

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2018

    4 May 2018, 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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    The HMAS Castlemaine Association will be joined by Tecoma Primary School 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.

  • WRAAC Association Including AWAS Service 2018

    6 May 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2018

    6 May 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    This service is attended by the Australian American Association (Vic), the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • 73rd Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2018

    8 May 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the ODD BODS Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Tuesday 8th May 2018 to commemorate the World War 2 Victory in Europe.

    On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8–9 May 1945. The following day, 8 May, was declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day, but in Australia, celebration was tempered with the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won.
    Australians serving overseas joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European prison camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to returning home. While in the major Australian cities there were similar outbursts of rejoicing, overall, the mood across the country was sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services, and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

    The Service marks the RSL’s recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who have lost relatives and loved ones during that war.