Services

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

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2018

    21 January 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee TBA
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. This service focuses on the Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars.

    In the First World War, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In the Second World War, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them

  • ADF Australia Day 21 Gun Salute 2018

    26 January 2018, 12:00pm

    Artillery Salute on the Forecourt

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    Australia Day has evolved from a small commemorative New South Wales holiday into a major national celebration. Australia Day is the most inclusive celebration of a national day in Australia, expressing the national diversity which has become such an important part of the Australian national character. Australia Day celebrates diversity and tolerance in Australian society. It is commemorated on this day each year with a 21-gun salute fired from the Shrine's Lower Forecourt by the Royal Australian Artillery. The Salute occurs on Australia Day each year.

    Note: The salute is extremely loud and it is recommended visitors with small children or pets maintain an appropriate distance from the guns.

  • Order of Australia Association 2018

    26 January 2018, 5:00pm

    Flag Lowering Service on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Australia Day Council 2018

    28 January 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    This service is held on the Sunday closest to Australia Day. 

  • Australian Defence Force Academy Service 2018

    29 January 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2018

    4 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/21st Infantry Battalion, part of the 23rd Brigade of the 8th Division, began assembling at Trawool in central Victoria on 11 July 1940.

    Approximately half the recruits were from Melbourne and the rest from rural Victoria. Training was conducted at Trawool until 23 September when the battalion began to move to Bonegilla, near Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border. It made the 235km journey on foot, arriving on 4 October. Training soon resumed and occupied the battalion until it commenced another move on 23 March 1941 for Darwin in the Northern Territory. It had been earmarked to reinforce Dutch troops on the island of Ambon in the event of a Japanese attack. Although military sense dictated the battalion should be deployed as early as possible, to prepare defences and train in the conditions in which it would fight, it was thought a premature deployment may provoke Japanese action. Thus, the battalion would be held in Darwin until Japan’s intentions were clear.