Services

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

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2019

    15 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
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    Membership of the Association is available to former prisoners or war and their relatives.

    Membership details can be obtained through the Association Secretary:
    Email: expowra@bigpond.net.au
    Tel: (03) 9629 5365
    Mail: PO Box 2, Flinders Lane PO, Melbourne, VIC, 8009

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2019

    17 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • RAEME Association 2019

    17 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2019

    17 February 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. In particular, we remember Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars, 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. 

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2019

    19 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by the Japanese was the first attack ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. The devastating attack by 242 Japanese aircraft sank 8 and damaged 15 of the 45 ships in the harbour. 23 aircraft were destroyed and an estimated 900 people killed with many hundreds injured. 

    A further 64 bombing raids were conducted through to November 12 1943, but strict censorship was imposed on all information regarding the air raids, and all official documents were stamped "Not to be released until 1995". Around 200,000 Australians served in Darwin during the Second World War, and through this ceremony, we give them the recognition and respect they have earned for their efforts in the defence of their country and its people. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2019

    21 February 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    In the month of February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War.

    8 February 1942: The Invasion of Singapore
    The Japanese invasion and subsequent capture of 'Fortress Singapore' ranks as one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War. Despite putting up a fierce defence more than 15,000 men of the 8th Division became prisoners of war following the surrender of Singapore. Thousands of these men would die in Japanese POW camps and more would suffer from injury and illness received in these camps for the rest of their lives. 

    16 February 1942: Bangka Island Massacre
    Following the sinking of the Vyner Brooke, a merchant ship carrying medical personnel and wounded soldiers back to Australia, several dozen Australians escaped the sinking ship and landed on Bangka Island. Here Japanese forces would massacre the wounded soldiers and their medical carers, leaving Sister Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel as the only survivor.

    28 February 1942: Sinking of HMAS Perth
    HMAS Perth, a Leander class light cruiser, was one of the most famous RAN ships of the Second World War. She established a tremendous record in the Mediterranean theatre before returning home to fight the Japanese in early 1942. She was sunk in company with the USS Houston following a night action against a much larger Japanese force off Sunda Strait. 

    3-8 February 1943: The Battle of Wau
    The Battle of Wau was a pivotal moment in the Australian campaign against Japanese forces on New Guinea. With the help of RAAF ground attack aircraft, regular Army and militia units were first able to defeat the Japanese attack on Wau before launching a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island.