Services

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

  • 4th Light Horse Association 2018

    4 February 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed as the divisional cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division on 11 August 1914. Belying traditional stereotypes, over 20 per cent of the original regiment were city dwellers from Melbourne. The regiment sailed from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 and disembarked in Egypt on 10 December.

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2018

    10 February 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    HMAS Voyager (I) was an integral part of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, one of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of WWII. VOYAGER I was lost on 23rd September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay whilst disembarking troops.

    HMAS Voyager (II) was lost at sea on the 10th February 1964 with the loss of 82 lives when it collided with the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Voyager (D04) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the RAN in 1957.

  • National Servicemen's Association 2018

    11 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951 by the Liberal Government. It was the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to partake in the National Service scheme, which meant that they had to undertake 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two periods, 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the RAN or the RAAF had to complete their 176 days in one stretch. The scheme was criticised as being irrelevant to modern defence needs, where skill was becoming more important than numbers, and for being a drain on the regular army's finances and manpower. In 1959 the scheme was abolished.

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2018

    11 February 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35a

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

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the Army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attack, reconnaissance and armoured mobility to infantry. Units of the RAAC are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) family of vehicles or the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles.

  • Melbourne University Regiment Graduation Parade 2018

    13 February 2018, 7:20pm

    Wreath Laying Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The regiment traces its origins to 1884 as D company, 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, at which time it was known as the University Company. General Sir John Monash was a Colour Sergeant of this unit before taking a commission in the colonial and later Commonwealth militia.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2018

    15 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    Membership of the Association is available to former prisoners of 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