Ceremonies Archive

  • Duntroon Graduating Class 1967 Remembrance Service

    1 January 0001, 12:00am

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative: TBC

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    This ceremony is being held in remembrance of two members of the class of 1967 killed on active duty in Vietnam.

  • 2/29 Battalion AIF Association 2018

    14 January 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1940 for service in the Second World War. They participated in the Malayan Campaign, fighting delaying actions around Bakri and Muar, eventually withdrawing to Singapore to fight in the defence (February 1942). The Battalion were captured when the garrison capitulated and they spent the duration of the war as prisoners, being moved around different camps including the infamous Changi prison. 582 members of the 2/29 AIB were killed in action or died in captivity, with 143 wounded in action.

    This Service is held on the closest Sunday to 17 January as the anniversary of their first action.

    www.229battalion.org.au

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - January 2018

    18 January 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of January, we commemorate the following events:

    9 January 1917: Light Horse captures Rafa
    The Allies, led by the ANZAC Mounted Division, took the Turkish outpost of Rafa on the Egypt-Palestine border. Together with the earlier capture of Magdhaba this action provided the Allies a secure base for their advance into Palestine.

    3-5 January 1941: Battle of Bardia
    The attack and capture of the Italian held city of Bardia, Libya marked the beginning of Australia's first major ground campaign of the Second World War.

    9 January 1966: Operation Crimp, Vietnam
    1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment was involved in heavy fighting in Viet Cong tunnels during Operation Crimp.

  • 2/22 Battalion Lark Force Association 2018

    21 January 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/22 AIB was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. They arrived in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 and combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance and 17 Anti-tank Battery to form Lark Force. The “Bird Forces” were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, with Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakanau airbases.
    After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops and unprepared for an ordered retreat, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape.
    Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2018

    21 January 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    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.

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

    www.army.gov.au/our-history/traditions/australia-day

  • Order of Australia Association 2018

    26 January 2018, 4:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering Service on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Victoria Branch of the Order of Australia Association was formally established on the 14th of February 1981 to unite talented and hard-working Victorians and to support the aim of the Order of Australia Association to “foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.
    In 2015 Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria became the Patron of the Victoria branch.

  • 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

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled and will not be held at the Shrine in 2018

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  • RAN Recruits February 2018

    4 February 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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  • 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.

  • 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 the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23rd September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay whilst disembarking troops.

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. 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. 

  • 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 in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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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.

  • 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

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2018

    15 February 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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: 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 Prisoner of War 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 then launch a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island.

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2018

    19 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by Japanese Forces was the first ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. In the first attack, which began just before 10am, bombers hit shipping, infrastructure and the town over a 25 minute onslaught. The second raid, which began around 11.45am, involved high altitude bombing of the Royal Australian Air Force base. The two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. 30 aircraft were destroyed, nine ships in harbour and two at sea were sunk, and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

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  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2018

    25 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor;Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in 1916 for service during the First World War, serving on the Western Front with many Battle Honours before being disbanded in 1919. It was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Citizens Forces in 1921 and in 1927 adopted the title of the "Brighton Rifles", before becoming part of the Militia in 1929. During the Second World War the 46th served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29th/46th Battalion.

  • 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2018

    25 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-45 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    Between 10 February and 9 March 1970, 8 Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) conducted Operation Hammersley, a reconnaissance operation in the Long Hai area during the Vietnam War. It was during this operation that 8RAR sustained the most fatal casualties of their service in Vietnam, mainly from mine fields.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2018

    25 February 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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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

  • HMAS Perth National Association, Victorian Branch 2018

    1 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The Association is open to any serving or ex-naval person who has served some time in any ship named HMAS PERTH, of which there have been three: D29, D38 and FFH157, with nine combined Battle Honours.

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • RAEME Association (1) 2018

    4 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • RAN Recruits March 2018

    4 March 2018, 1:00pm

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

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  • 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2018

    9 March 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35b

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association will be joined by St. Bernard's College for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company came from Tasmania and D Company came from Western Australia; in April 1941 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942, so were ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3rd died while prisoners.

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - March 2018

    15 March 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In March, we commemorate the following important dates.

    17 March 1917: Capture of Bapaume

    29 March 1941: Battle of Matapan
    This naval engagement, fought off the coast of Greece, involved HMA ships Perth, Vendetta and Stuart in a battle which saw the loss of five Italian ships and gave the Allies control of the seas surrounding Greece and Crete for several months.

    21 March 1942 : Air Battle for Port Moresby
    The air battle for Port Moresby began in March with Japanese forces attempting to sink Allied shipping and restrict supplies to Australian forces. Australian, Dutch and American aircraft fought a bitter battle in the skies over New Guinea for the next few months.

  • 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2018

    17 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion will be joined by St. Michael's Grammar School for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

  • ILIM College of Australia 2018

    18 March 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    A service will be conducted at the Shrine of Remembrance on the anniversary of ILIM College's Walk of Harmony in 2016. This project sought to bring together students from the Turkish Islamic, Catholic and State schools from the Broadmeadows area to walk in the steps of the young men of the past. As part of the ANZAC Day commemorations, students visited the shores of Gallipoli to pay their respects to the soldiers who fought there.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - March 2018

    18 March 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Michelle Campbell
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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.

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-Branch Inc. 2018

    24 March 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • Greek National Day 2018

    25 March 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This annual Service is held to commemorate the involvement of Australian men and women serving in the Greek Campaign in the Second World War and the relationship with our Greek Allies. The Service also honours the many Greek-Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Forces over many years.

  • XLI Club 2018

    5 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)

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  • RAN Recruits April 2018

    8 April 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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  • HMAS Vampire 2018

    8 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    To commemorate the sinking of HMAS Vampire and the loss of 10 crew members.

  • 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2018

    8 April 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    The story of the 2/4 Australian General Hospital during WWII is one of which all Australians can be proud. While statistics do not convey the quality of the medical care involved, the fact that some 14,000 casualties passed through the hospital at Tobruk, 19,000 at Redbank and a further 10,000 at Jerusalem, Colombo and Labuan gives some idea of the immensity of their contribution. The record of service rendered by 2/4 AGH in many battlefields between 1940 and 1945 has seldom been surpassed.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2018

    12 April 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    In the month of April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats, and following a brief fight was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on ‘Z Force’ - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy HMS Prince of Wales sunk - HMAS Vampire’s luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes of the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War the Battle of Kapyong saw 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2018

    15 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The Australian-Maltese community holds its annual service of remembrance in April each year. This time marks the award of the George Cross to the island by King George VI of the United Kingdom in a letter dated 15 April 1942 so as to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the tremendous hardships they suffered in the early days of World War II.

  • Loyal Orange Institution of Victoria 2018

    15 April 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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  • Longbeach RSL 'Digger for a Day' 2018

    18 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2018

    19 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2018

    20 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    Legacy is a national voluntary organisation of veterans, servicemen and women and other volunteers who are dedicated to the care of the dependants of Australian Defence Force members, after the death of a spouse or parent during service, and to Australian and Allied families after operation service. Legacy was formed in 1923.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2018

    22 April 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2018

    24 April 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62a

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised in Victoria in April 1940 and was initially stationed at Puckapunyal until it was sent to the Middle East. In early 1942, they were shipped backed to Australia, disembarking in Adelaide where they camped at Springbank in the Adelaide Hills. They travelled to Melbourne by train and took some well earned leave. As the Japanese threat developed, they moved from the Watsonia camp in Melbourne by train to Glen Innes for a short period before moving on to Yandina in Queensland. The Battalion embarked at Brisbane for the Papuan campaign. Between 16 August 1942 and 15 January 1943 the battalion fought on the Kokoda Track and at Gona.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2018

    24 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds its annual pilgrimage at the Shrine on the eve of ANZAC Day. The Association remembers the service and sacrifice of its members at this time.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2018

    24 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2018

    24 April 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    Villers Bretonneux Day, April 24th, marks the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918.

    A service is held annually by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on April 24th each year at the Shrine of Remembrance. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZACs first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux is today the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    ANZAC Day 2018

    25 April 2018, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian service men and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia’s history.

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

    25 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    As part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program, the 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be joined by Christ Church Grammar School for their commemorative service.

  • RAN Recruits April 2018

    29 April 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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  • 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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    As part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program, the HMAS Castlemaine Association will be joined by Tecoma Primary School for the commemorative service.

  • 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 Representatives:
    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 Second World War 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.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2018

    8 May 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th to 8th of May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6th Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8th May.

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2018

    12 May 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2018

    13 May 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Dr. Michael Lawriwsky
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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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.

  • Carry On Victoria 2018

    15 May 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying Between Memorial Trees F48 and F15

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organization that has provided welfare assistance to the Ex-service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2018

    17 May 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of May we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras Campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totaled 7,000.

    30 May 1942: The ‘1000 Bomber Raid’
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the ‘1000 Bomber’ raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations.

    14 May 1943: Sinking of the hospital ship Centaur
    The hospital ship Centaur was sunk off the Queensland coast in one of the most controversial incidents of the war. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of 12 nurses, and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war.

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation or at the hands of their Japanese guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death marches were alive.

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2018

    26 May 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The day includes a small parade, church service, and wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the battle of Crete in May 1941. We pay our respect to those people.

  • RAN Recruits May 2018

    27 May 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • Boer War Commemoration 2018

    27 May 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War Veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A Commemoration service will commence with a march up to the eternal flame by Boer War Veterans descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome.

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2018

    27 May 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    This service takes place on the nearest Sunday to Memorial Day, an American holiday to remember those who have died in military service. The Association promotes the welfare of American ex-servicemen and women in Australia.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2018

    31 May 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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    This service is held to remember and commemorate the service and sacrifice of Aboriginal service men and women, who have served Australia in every major conflict from the Boer War to the present.

    The annual ceremonial wreath laying service runs for up to an hour. In addition to the welcome address from Aunty Dot Peters and other speeches, there will be performances by the Royal Australian Air Force band and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Choir. All members of the public are welcome to attend, and will be invited to lay a poppy in remembrance at the end of the service.

  • Normandy Veterans Association with Glen Waverley Secondary College 2018

    6 June 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Held annually this service commemorates the Allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, better known as 'D-Day'. The largest amphibious landing in history, almost 200,000 men were involved in the invasion on the first day alone and it is now considered to mark the true beginning of the liberation of Europe. The service also pays respects to those men who would fight in Normandy over the coming weeks as the Allies fought to break out of the beach head and push the Germans back.

  • Queen's Birthday 21 Gun Salute 2018

    9 June 2018, 12:00pm

    21 Gun Salute on the Forecourt

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  • Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) Inc 2018

    10 June 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre ( Western Gallery )

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    For more information on the Bomber Command Commemorative Association please go to their website: bombercommand.org.au

  • Special Air Service Regiment Association 2018

    12 June 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests Nil Assistance

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    On 12 June 1996 two s-70-a9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided during a live-fire counter-terrorism/special-recovery operation exercise at fire support base Barbara in the High Range Training Area at Townsville, Queensland. Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2018

    14 June 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of June we commemorate the following events:

    28 June 1919: Treaty of Versailles
    More than seven months after the Armistice came into effect the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    6 June 1944: ‘D-Day’
    The Allied invasion of France on June 6 1944 was the largest single amphibious operation in the history of mankind. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen would be involved in the fighting on this day alone. Australian forces were largely involved in the Pacific theatre by this time but RAAF forces attached to the RAF played crucial roles in pre-landing bombings and in providing fighter cover for the landing forces.

    25 June 1950: Outbreak of the Korean War
    The ‘Forgotten War’ breaks out when North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korean and US forces. In the three years of fighting to follow 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

    May - Jun 1968: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
    The largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.

  • 'N' Class Destroyers 2018

    17 June 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    From a flotilla of eight N-Class Royal Navy Destroyers built in 1939, five were transferred into the Royal Australian Navy for service in the Second World War, of which HMAS Nestor was sunk in June 1942. The ships were the HMAS Napier, Nestor, Nepal, Nizam and Norman (I).

  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2018

    17 June 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The Annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to 17 June, the anniversary of the Battalion’s first action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of the Second World War, 1941.
    Attendees gather on the forecourt near the Eternal Flame at 1:45pm before marching up the stairs into the Sanctuary for the service at 2pm. This includes the reading of a Roll of Honour, a Battalion soldier's story prepared by a family member, and a bugle calling The Last Post and Reveille. 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:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Trustee Ms. Susan Blake

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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:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Reserve Forces Day 2018

    1 July 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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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:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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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:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2018

    12 July 2018, 11:30am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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     In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July 1911: Formation of the RAN
    On the 10th July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called ‘His Majesty’s Australian Ship’.

    1 July 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial force more than 23,000 casualties.

    4 July 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles.

    19 July 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sinks the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the battle of Cape Spada off Crete.

  • Bastille Day - Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2018

    14 July 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais De Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (July 14th), the French National Day.

  • Australasian Tempsford Veterans & Relatives Association (ATVARA) 2018

    CANCELLED

    This Association is now part of Bomber Command, the Bomber Command Service on June 10, 2018 will now incorporate ATVARA

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  • Battle of Fromelles 2018

    19 July 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the battle at Fromelles, fought on July 19, 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the western front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.

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  • RAN Recruits July 2018

    22 July 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2018

    22 July 2018, 1:30pm

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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.

  • Korean Veterans Association 2018

    27 July 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association - Victorian Branch 2018

    29 July 2018, 12:00pm

     

    Service Cancelled by the Association for 2018, the Service will resume in 2019.

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    An annual service is held to honour the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATV) on the Sunday closest to July 31 each year. This date marks the arrival of the AATV Advance Party in Vietnam in 1962, with the full complement arriving on August 3. They have the distinction of being the longest-serving and most highly decorated Australian unit of the Vietnam War; being operational for over ten years and four of its members awarded the Victoria Cross.

     

  • 7 Battalions Combined 2018

    5 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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     7 Battalions Combined recognises the three variations of the 7th Battalion that served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam War:
    7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought during the First World War at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
    2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought throughout the Second World War.
    7 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment served two tours during the Vietnam War and continues to serve within 1st Brigade.

  • Victorian Association Of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc (VAJEX Aust Inc.) 2018

    CANCELLED

    Please note this service has been cancelled by the Association for 2018, it will resume in 2019.

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    The Victorian Association Of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc cares for Jewish military personnel and is open to all who are currently serving, or have served, in Allied Forces. Membership is also open to their families as non-service members.

    The VAJEX pilgrimage is to remember and recognise the Jewish Fallen from Victoria who served alongside fellow Australians and Allied Forces. Australian Jews have demonstrated their loyalty by serving their country in the Boer War 1899-1902, WWI, WWII, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and have also served as Peace Keepers. Formed in 1929, VAJEX has a proud history.

    For more details go to the VAJEX website.

  • Battle of Amiens 100th Anniversary 2018

    8 August 2018, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Battle of Amiens, 8th August 1918, was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war. The efforts of the ANZAC Corps were orchestrated by General Sir John Monash and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of trench warfare. Each year at 8am on the 8th of August a service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance to mark this battle and remember the men who fought it.

  • HMAS Canberra (Battle of Savo Island) 2018

    9 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    On 9 August 1942 the RAN Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged while serving in a joint US Navy and RAN force while protecting American troop transports during the landing operations on Guadalcanal. She was hit 24 times by attacking Imperial Japanese Naval forces in under two minutes, suffering 84 crew killed. The next day HMAS Canberra was scuttled by a torpedo from a US Destroyer. Today we honour those who served in the Battle of Savo Island.

  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2018

    12 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    Operation Pedestal was a Second World War British operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942). This island fortress was a major base for British attacks against German and Italian forces in North Africa, resulting in an Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the Operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight.

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2018

    12 August 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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  • 73rd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2018

    15 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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     VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2018

    16 August 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives: 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF 
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. Its mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli
    From the sixth to the seventeenth of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach and was followed by several days fighting resulting in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation.

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm.

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 2018

    18 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

  • RAN Recruits August 2018

    19 August 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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  • 77th Anniversary of the Relief of the Australian 9th Div by the Polish Carpathian Brigade in Tobruk

    19 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2018

    19 August 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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.

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2018

    26 August 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives: 
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
     

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    The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria) will  be supported by students and staff of Wesley College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2018

    31 August 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Thomas Carr College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Legacy Remembrance Service 2018

    1 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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     This service initiates Legacy Week.

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2018

    3 September 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation’s commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country’s ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War.

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Association 2018

    4 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association Requests Nil Assistance

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment.

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups.

  • RSL and Services Clubs Association 2018

    CANCELLED

    This service will be held in 2019

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  • Battle for Australia 2018

    5 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt
    All School Students Welcome

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September.

     

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2018

    9 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

     The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson’s Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured – a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.

     

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2018

    11 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.

  • Russian ANZACs 2018

    11 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • RAN Recruits September 2018

    16 September 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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  • Submarines Association of Australia 2018

    16 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War.

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2018

    16 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 78th Anniversary 2018

    16 September 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory.

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities; competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed in action.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2018

    20 September 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    The AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. In December 2017, after 103 years, it was relocated off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September 1941: The Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the “Rats of Tobruk”, spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2018

    23 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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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.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2018

    23 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945; then 3 months later they formed part of the occupation forces on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi). The battalion disbanded on 22 February 1946.

  • Trustees Remembrance Service 2018

    25 September 2018, 9:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

    This Service is Closed to the Public

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  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2018

    26 September 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B58

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, a First ANZAC component within the third battle of Ypres that cost 5,770 Australian lives. The name is derived from a young plantation forest that lay along the First ANZAC axis of advance.

    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighboring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.

  • Australian Commando Association 2018

    30 September 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson’s Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve.

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria 2018

    10 October 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

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

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2018

    11 October 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    October contains several significant dates relating to Australian involvement in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. These include:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were involved in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San & Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2018

    13 October 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War.

  • RAN Recruits October 2018

    14 October 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2018

    14 October 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
     

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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.

  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2018

    17 October 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940 and was initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, before later moving to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Navy Commemorative Service 2018

    CANCELLED

    Please note this service has been cancelled by the Association. 

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  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2018

    19 October 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper commissioned in 1941 and served during the Second World War. She was decommissioned in 1946. In October 2007 a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be supported by students and staff of Berwick Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

    The RAN History website has more information on the HMAS Lismore: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas_lismore

  • Melbourne University Regiment Annual Remembrance Parade 2018

    21 October 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying and Parade on the Forecourt 

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Melbourne University Regiment serves as an officer training unit in the Australian Army Reserve, with lineage dating back to 1884. As a training establishment they have never deployed as a fighting force, however MUR graduates have served in every major commitment of Australia's armed forces since Federation.

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2018

    21 October 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)

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    Each year the Association commemorates the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942) with a service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2018

    21 October 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative: 
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. KIlda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.

  • 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2018

    26 October 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War - the Siege of Tobruk in 1941, the El Alamein battles in 1942, the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea in 1943, and the landings in British North Borneo in 1945. 

    Each year near to 23 October a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa. 

    The 9th Australian Division Council will be supported by students and staff of Scotch College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Czechoslovak Ex-Servicemen's League 2018

    28 October 2018, 11:15am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G60

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-Branch Inc. 2018

    28 October 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • 2/6 Cavalry Commando 2018

    3 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C56

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    Each year on 3rd November a service is held to honour the officers and men of the Regiment - both those who fell in battle and those since departed.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2018

    4 November 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Trustee Sue Blake
    Shrine Trustee Roger Clifton

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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.

  • 2/8th Battalion Infantry Association with Macarthur St Primary School 2018

    7 November 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C58

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion Association will be supported by students and staff of Macarthur St Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

    Raised in Melbourne at the outset of the Second World War, the 2/8th first saw action in North Africa as part of the 6th Division before participating in the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns. Withdrawn from the Middle-East in 1942 the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1944-45.

    The Battalion commemorates the service of its members in November each year. The Battalion suffered 94 killed and 272 wounded during the Second World War. 

  • 4th Australian Field Regiment with Caulfield Grammar 2018

    7 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The Regiment's tree was established on the Shrine Reserve during the "Australia Remembers" Year, 1995. They decided on an Annual Pilgrimage at Remembrance time for a Memorial Service. The Pilgrimage is in honour of all men who served in the Regiment and to the members who made the supreme sacrifice. 

    The 4th Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Caulfield Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • 4th Anti-Tank Association 2018

    10 November 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised in Victoria in 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia. 

  • Remembrance Day 2018

    11 November 2018, 10:15am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors.

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    Armistice Day
    In late 1918, after more than four years of bitter fighting, Allied forces finally broke stubborn German resistance and forced Germany to sue for peace. Entire nations cheered as fighting ceased and the armistice took effect at 11am on the 11th November 1918. One year later the first commemorations to mark the end of the war were held across the Commonwealth on the 11th November 1919. At the request of King George V the people of the Empire ceased work at 11am to hold a two minute vigil to remember the fallen. This vigil would evolve into the minute's silence of today's Remembrance Day services.

    Remembrance Day
    By the end of the Second World War Armistice Day had grown from solely a remembrance of the men and women of the Great War into something larger, becoming a day to honour all those who had fallen in war. With this evolution came a change of name and 11 November became known as Remembrance Day. Under this name Australians today remember all those who served and sacrificed during times of war and on peacekeeping operations in recent decades each November 11. Services are held at memorials, RSL clubs and schools across the country at 11am on this day, each including a minute's silence dedicated to the fallen.

    Shrine of Remembrance
    Armistice Day was also the date chosen for two key events at the Shrine of Remembrance; the foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1927 and the Shrine was officially dedicated on 11 November 1934. The dedication was witnessed by more than 300,000 people, more than half the population of Melbourne and the largest crowd seen in Australia at that time.

    For more information on Remembrance Day 2018 at the Shrine of Remembrance, see:
    www.shrine.org.au/Remembrance/Remembrance-Day

  • Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2018

    11 November 2018, 11:20am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Association, which has branches all over the world, commemorates the service and sacrifice of French soldiers on Remembrance Day each year. The Association also remembers those Australians who gave their lives on French soil in the First World War and for French freedom in the Second World War on this day.

    The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria will be joined by Camberwell Primary School for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

  • Massed Pipes Flag Lowering Service

    11 November 2018, 5:00pm

    Massed Pipes, Wreath Laying, Flag Lowering on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    Witness the Shrine Guard lower the flags as the Last Post sounds. The Battle’s O'er, performed in an internationally collaborated musical performance by massed Pipes, will symbolise the end of the First World War.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - November 2018

    15 November 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Today we commemorate the following military occasions that occurred in November:

    2 November 1942: Kokoda Airstrip Re-occupied
    Australian troops forced their Japanese opponents out of Kokoda in early November 1942. The capture of Kokoda and its airfield made subsequent operations significantly easier due to its shortened lines of supply.

    12 November 1943: Final Japanese Air Raid on Australia
    This day saw a small Japanese force bomb Darwin. This raid, the 64th on the city, was the final aerial bombardment of Australia during the Second World War.

    5 November 1950: Battle of Pakchon, Korea
    The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, part of the 27th Commonwealth Brigade, successfully assaulted and held crucial hill features overlooking Pakchon in the face of heavy North Korean and Chinese resistance. 3RAR were supported by British troops, New Zealand artillery and American armour in their actions on 5 November 1950.

  • RAE Association 2018

    CANCELLED

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D70

    This service has been cancelled by the Association for 2018

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  • Gurkha/Nepalese Wreath Laying Service 2018

    18 November 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G55

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Each year on the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day the service and sacrifice of the Gurkha regiments is honoured at their memorial plaque. This plaque was dedicated on Remembrance Day 2007 and is located near the Legacy Garden in the Shrine Reserve, please ask staff for directions if necessary. 

  • 9RAR Association 2018

    18 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    An annual service is held each year on the first Sunday following Remembrance Day to commemorate the raising of the unit and its first and last days of active service in Vietnam. 

    The 9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR) was raised in November 1967 for service in the Vietnam War. After training and a working up period, the unit was deployed to Vietnam in November 1968 where it saw active service over the next 12 months as part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF). 

  • HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistic Support Unit 2018

    19 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This service is held on the 19th of November each year.

  • 2 Australian Field Ambulance Tree and Plaque Dedication

    25 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C43

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

     

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  • 106 Tank Attack Regiment Association 2018

    25 November 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary followed by a Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C7

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    A commemorative service is held at the Shrine on the last Sunday in November each year. This marks the Regiment's last month of active operations during the Second World War. The day is also the anniversary of the dedication of the unit's memorial tree and plaque at the Shrine.

  • Blackburn RSL Sub-Branch 2018

    27 November 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr Peter Whitelaw

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    The Blackburn RSL Sub-Branch is conducting a pilgrimage and wreath laying to remember past service members of their Sub-Branch.

  • Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women 2018

    28 November 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E14

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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     This service usually occurs on the last Wednesday of November each year.

  • Corvette Association/HMAS Armidale with Star of the Sea 2018

    1 December 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Corvette and HMAS Armidale Associations will be supported by students and staff of Star of the Sea, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Australian Intelligence Association (Victoria) 2018

    2 December 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Australian Intelligence Corps was formed on 6th December 1907, disbanded in 1914 and then reformed again at the outbreak of the Second World War. Since its reformation the Corps has provided intelligence and counter-intelligence support to the Army. The service of members of the Corps is remembered on this day.

  • 29/46 Battalion Ex-Servicemen's Association 2018

    2 December 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 29/46 Battalion Association holds its annual pilgrimage on the first Sunday in December each year. The service is held to commemorate the Battalion's first action on 5 December 1943 on the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea. 

  • Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2018

    8 December 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The AMC/LSI Association of Victoria represent the veterans, descendants and serving members of HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault.

    Their annual service is held on the Saturday prior to 15 December, which marks the first major landing operation by an Australian Landing Ship Infantry (HMAS Westralia) during the Second World War in 1943.

  • American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2018

    8 December 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    On 7 December 1941, Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the USA’s Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus the USA’s ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. The other attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation. The strategy behind the attacks called for roughly simultaneous attacks on Malaya, Thailand, American-held Guam and Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

  • Sembawang Association 2018

    9 December 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion (2nd AIF) 2018

    9 December 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - December 2018

    13 December 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of December we commemorate the current and ongoing service of Australian Troops on peacekeeping and other operations.

    Evacuation from Gallipoli
    In October 1915 the British Government began to consider the need for evacuation. Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay were finally relinquished on 19 December, with Cape Helles following suit on 9 January 1916. The evacuations at Anzac Cove, Suvla Bay and Cape Helles were a triumph of staff planning. By the time of evacuation close to 46,000 allied troops had been killed during the fighting on land from a total of 250,000 casualties. The Turkish forces suffered losses that were possibly even greater.

  • The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2018

    15 December 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - December 2018

    16 December 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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.

  • Friends of Gallipoli Inc. 2018

    20 December 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    This service is being held to commemorate the beginning of peace at Gallipoli when the guns fell silent at the ANZAC sector in the early hours of the 20th of December, 1915.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - January 2019

    17 January 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of January, we commemorate the following events:

    9 January 1917: Light Horse captures Rafa
    The Allies, led by the ANZAC Mounted Division, took the Turkish outpost of Rafa on the Egypt-Palestine border. Together with the earlier capture of Magdhaba this action provided the Allies a secure base for their advance into Palestine.

    3-5 January 1941: Battle of Bardia
    The attack and capture of the Italian held city of Bardia, Libya marked the beginning of Australia's first major ground campaign of the Second World War.

    9 January 1966: Operation Crimp, Vietnam
    1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment was involved in heavy fighting in Viet Cong tunnels during Operation Crimp.

  • 2/29 Battalion AIF Association 2019

    20 January 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1940 for service in the Second World War. They participated in the Malayan Campaign, fighting delaying actions around Bakri and Muar, eventually withdrawing to Singapore to fight in the defence (February 1942). The Battalion were captured when the garrison capitulated and they spent the duration of the war as prisoners, being moved around different camps including the infamous Changi prison. 582 members of the 2/29 AIB were killed in action or died in captivity, with 143 wounded in action.

    This Service is held on the closest Sunday to 17 January as the anniversary of their first action.

    www.229battalion.org.au

  • 2/22 Battalion Lark Force Association 2019

    20 January 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/22 AIB was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. Arriving in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 they combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance and 17 Anti-tank Battery to form Lark Force. The “Bird Forces” were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, with Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakanau airbases.

    After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops and unprepared for an ordered retreat, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape.

    Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2019

    20 January 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD 
    Shrine Trustee Dr Robert Webster OAM

     

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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.

  • Australia Day Salute 2019

    26 January 2019, 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. 

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

  • Order of Australia Association 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Association and will no longer be held.

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  • Australia Day Council 2019

    27 January 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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

  • Australian Defence Force Academy Service 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Defence Force and will not be held at the Shrine in 2019.

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  • RAN Recruits February 2019

    3 February 2019, 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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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2019

    3 February 2019, 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 2/21 Infantry Battalion, part of 23 Brigade of 8 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 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.

  • 4th Light Horse Association 2019

    3 February 2019, 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. Contrary to the stereotype, over 20 percent 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 2019

    10 February 2019, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Voyager (I) was an integral part of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, a fleet of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23 September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay in Timor while disembarking troops.

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. The second HMAS Voyager was lost at sea on 10 February 1964 with the loss of 82 lives when it collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. 

  • National Servicemen's Association 2019

    10 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Precinct

    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, the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to undergo the National Service scheme, consisting of 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two period of 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force 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 2019

    10 February 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. Units participate in a range of operations including offence, reconnaissance, and armoured infantry transport. Units are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Australian Light Armoured Vehicle and Bushmaster family of vehicles.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2019

    15 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Inc. has been providing support, companionship, relief and welfare for wartime prisoners of war (POWs), ex-POWs, civilian internees, their wives, widows and families since its inception in Little Collins Street in July 1942.

    The Association continues to welcome and connect families and friends of POWs. For membership enquiries email: expowra@bigpond.net.au

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2019

    17 February 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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 Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
     

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by Japanese Forces was the first ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. In the first attack, which began just before 10am, bombers hit shipping, infrastructure and the town over a 25 minute onslaught. The second raid, which began around 11.45am, involved high altitude bombing of the Royal Australian Air Force base. The two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. 30 aircraft were destroyed, nine ships in harbour and two at sea were sunk, and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2019

    21 February 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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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. 

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2019

    24 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in 1916 for service during the First World War, serving on the Western Front with many Battle Honours before being disbanded in 1919. It was raised again as a part-time unit of the Citizens Forces in 1921 and in 1927 adopted the title of the "Brighton Rifles", before becoming part of the Militia in 1929. During the Second World War the 46th AIB served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29th/46th Battalion.

  • 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2019

    24 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    8 Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) was formed in July 1966 as part of an expansion of the Australian Army in the mid-1960s due to the perceived threat of Communism in southeast Asia. Between 10 February and 9 March 1970 while conducting a reconnaissance mission (Operation Hammersley) around Long Hai, the Regiment sustained their most fatal casualties of their service in the Vietnam War.

  • HMAS Perth National Association Victorian Branch 2019

    1 March 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Association is open to any serving or ex-naval person who has served some time in any ship named HMAS PERTH, of which there have been three: D29, D38 and FFH157, with nine combined Battle Honours.

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • RAN Recruits March 2019

    3 March 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2019

    8 March 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company from Tasmania and D Company from Western Australia; in April 1941 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942, so were ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3 died while prisoners.

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.

    The Association will be supported by students and staff of St. Bernard's College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • RAEME Association 2019

    10 March 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association preserves the memory of those who have died whilst on active service or at home and to perpetuate the comradeship created by previous or current serving members in any field of RAEME during war or peace.

  • 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2019

    17 March 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion served during the Second World War, having been formed in September 1942 by the amalgamation of the 14th and 32nd Battalions. They first served in Australia and then later New Guinea, on garrison duties, and later deployed to New Britain to take part briefly in the Australian containment campaign on that island. In April 1945 they returned to Australia, being disbanded later that year without seeing further combat.

    The 14/32 Battalion will be supported by students and staff of St. Michael's Grammar School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - March 2019

    17 March 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)

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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.

  • ILIM College of Australia 2019

    18 March 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    A service will be conducted at the Shrine of Remembrance on the anniversary of ILIM College's Walk of Harmony in 2016. This project sought to bring together students from the Turkish Islamic, Catholic and State schools from the Broadmeadows area to walk in the steps of the young men of the past. As part of the ANZAC Day commemorations, students visited the shores of Gallipoli to pay their respects to the soldiers who fought there.

  • Longbeach RSL 'Digger for a Day' 2019

    20 March 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    A joint effort by the Shrine of Remembrance and the Longbeach RSL Sub-branch, 'Digger for a Day' gives students in the Chelsea area the chance to make a special pilgrimage to the Shrine close to ANZAC Day each year. Special educational activities are organised for attending school groups who also attend a short service of remembrance during the day.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - March 2019

    21 March 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In March, we commemorate the following important dates.

    17 March 1917: The Capture of Bapaume
    German-held Bapaume was captured by Australian forces on 17 March. Considered by the Allies to be of strategic importance, it was occupied by the Australians as they followed close on the heels of the German army's retreat to the Hindenburg Line. 

    29 March 1941: Battle of Matapan
    This naval engagement, fought off the coast of Greece, involved HMA Ships Perth, Vendetta and Stuart in a battle which saw the loss of five Italian ships and gave the Allies control of the seas surrounding Greece and Crete for several months.

    21 March 1942: Air Battle for Port Moresby
    The air battle for Port Moresby began in March with Japanese forces attempting to sink Allied shipping and restrict supplies to Australian forces. Australian, Dutch and American aircraft fought a bitter battle in the skies over New Guinea for the next few months.

  • Greek National Day 2019

    24 March 2019, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    This annual service is held to commemorate the involvement of Australian men and women serving in the Greek campaign in the Second World War and the relationship with our Greek Allies. The service also honours the many Greek-Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Forces over many years.

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2019

    25 March 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was founded in the 1970's to promote the contribution of the Hellenes to Australian wartime and peace keeping service throughout history. The current President Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM has written two books highlighting the contribution of Greek Australians that fought as part of the Australian Military forces in the two World Wars and Vietnam War.

  • RAN Recruits March 2019

    31 March 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

     

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  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2019

    3 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:

    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    Legacy is a charity supporting the families of Australia’s incapacitated and deceased veterans, during or after their Defence Force service. The Legacy Student Service facilitates the participation of thousands of students in a commerorative event close to ANZAC Day, as 25 April is a public holiday.

  • XLI Club 2019

    4 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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  • HMAS Vampire 2019

    7 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Vampire (I) was a Second World War Destroyer, sunk on 9 April 1942 by Japanese aircraft with the loss of nine crew. The third RAN ship to bear the name Vampire is now a museum ship in Sydney's Darling harbour.

  • Loyal Orange Institute of Australia 2019

    7 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Loyal Orange Institution of Victoria was established in 1843 as a society composed of Protestants who support and defend the Protestant faith, the laws of the State, and according to law the rightful sovereign being Protestant. The Institution takes its title in honour of King William III, Prince of Orange (1650-1702) because of his achievements for the Protestant faith and civil and religious liberty.

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2019

    14 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The Australian-Maltese community holds an annual service of remembrance to acknowledge the award of the George Cross to the island of Malta by King George VI in a letter dated 15 April 1942. The award was given to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the tremendous hardships suffered in the early days of the Second World War.

  • 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2019

    14 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    The 2/4 Australian General Hospital were the 4th such unit to be raised for service during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1945 some 43,000 casualties were treated at Tobruk, Redbank, Jerusalem, Colombo and Labuan where the 2/4th were operating.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2019

    18 April 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces, the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats. Following a brief fight, she was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on 'Z Force' - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales, sunk - HMAS Vampire's luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes off the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War, the Battle of Kapyong saw 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea. 340 would lose their lives, and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2019

    24 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised on 26 April 1940 and trained at Puckapunyal in Victoria. They embarked for service in the Middle East in October 1940 where they engaged the Vichy French, later remaining as part of the garrison in Syria and Lebanon until early January 1942. In August 1942 they arrived at Port Moresby in Papua, and were soon advancing along the Kokoda Trail to confront the rapidly advancing Japanese. They also participated in the operations at Gona in November and the Balikpapan landings. They formed part of occupation forces in the Celebes and disbanded in Brisbane on 22 February 1946.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2019

    24 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds an annual pilgrimage on the eve of ANZAC Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of its members during a period that spans 1916 to 1991.

    The 3rd Division (infantry) of the Australian Army was formed during the First World War within the Australian Imperial Force. They served on the Western Front in France and Belgium, participating in the battles at Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, and the St Quentin Canal.

    In the interwar years they operated within the Citizen Forces based in central Victoria, with fluctuating numbers caused by the Great Depression and peacetime operations.

    3rd Division mobilised for the Second World War in December 1941 in a defensive role before being deployed to New Guinea where they engaged the Japanese Forces between 1943–1944. In late 1944 they were sent to Bougainville where they advanced across the island until the conclusion of the war in August 1945.

    They disbanded in December 1945 but were later re-raised in 1948 as part of the Citizens Military Force. They served through the Cold War as a reserve formation until 1991 when the division was disbanded for a final time due to an Australian Army restructure.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2019

    24 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 3rd Division Signals were responsible for maintaining all forms of communications within the division, starting from the interwar period and into the Second World War.

    3 Australian Division Signals Descendants will be supported by students and staff of Greenhills Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2019

    24 April 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B58

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    An annual service is held by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on Villers Bretonneux Day (24 April) marking the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZAC's first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux has become the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Day 2019

    25 April 2019, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day dawn service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history.

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2019

    25 April 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Australian Field Regiment was an Australian Army artillery unit that served during the Second World War, within the 8th Division. Raised in 1940 they remained in Darwin as a garrison force at a time when the division's infantry brigades were deployed to Southeast Asia to counter the Japanese threat. They deployed overseas in late 1943 once the threat to the Australian mainland had subsided. The 2/14th supported the 5th Division's operations on New Guinea throughout 1944 before accompanying them to New Britain in early 1945, where they engaged Japanese forces on the island until the end of the war, at which point they undertook garrison duties on Rabaul as part of the 11th Division, before returning home and disbanding in January 1946.

    The 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2019

    26 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    22 Squadron (City of Sydney) RAAF was formed in 1936. They began the Second World War as a training unit covering army support and towing targets for anti-aircraft practice. In 1941 the unit was equipped with Anson and Wirraway aircraft and flew seaward patrols along the eastern seaboard. By November 1942 the unit had moved to Port Moresby in New Guinea and was equipped with Boston light bombers and Beaufighters to conduct anti-shipping and ground support through the Pacific theatre and on to the Philippines.

    The Squadron disbanded on 15 August 1946, but was reformed in 1948 and still operates today in non-flying support roles.

    The 22 Squadron will be supported by students and staff of Corpus Christi Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • RAN Recruits April 2019

    28 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2019

    28 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Trustee Roger C F Clifton JP

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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 anual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage fo 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.

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2019

    28 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 57/60 Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army which served during the Second World War. Formed in 1930 as part of the Militia they amalgamated the 57th and 60th Battalions and were assigned to the 15th Brigade 3rd Division in Victoria. At the start of the war they served a garrison role in Australia before being deployed to New Guinea in 1943, where they served for 18 months before returning to Australia. In April 1945 they participated in the advance towards Buin town on the southern sector of Bougainville island (PNG). The battalion disbanded in March 1946.

    The 57/60 Battalion Association was formed in 1945 and held their inaugural service on the first Sunday following ANZAC Day in 1946.

  • WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2019

    5 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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     The Women’s Royal Australian Army Corp (WRAAC) was established on 12 February 1951 to cover a manpower shortage due to the Korean War and national service. Previously women had served in the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) during the Second World War from August 1941 until June 1947. The WRAAC Reserve Association (Victoria) was founded in August 1976 with the desire to promote social functions for former members of 8/3 WRAAC Company, in November 2007 the name was changed to WRAAC Association (Victoria) Inc. Women who have or are serving in the Australian Military Forces may join the association to participate in social events, ceremonies and comradeship.

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2019

    5 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service honours the major naval battle of the Second World War between the Imperial Japanese Navy and joint United States and Australian Forces. It is attended by the Australian American Association Victoria, the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2019

    6 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The HMAS Castlemaine is a Second World War Corvette with Battle Honours including Darwin, The Pacific and New Guinea. Following decommission into reserve as a training ship, she has been preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine Association will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program that fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2019

    8 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    This State Remembrance Service is held by the RSL in conjunction with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association to commemorate the Second World War 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, ending the war in Europe. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8-9th May 1945, with 8 May being declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day. 

    Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to return home. But the celebration was tempered by the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won, and the mood across the country remained sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2019

    8 May 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative: 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between 6 and 8 May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8 May.

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    12 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion was raised in May 1940 at Glenfield NSW, and after a period of training arrived in Egypt in November 1940. In January 1942 the Battalion moved to Syria and became attached to the 9th Division, who they were with for the rest of the war. As fighting intensified around El Alamein (Egypt) in July 1942 the 9th Division was rushed from Syria to reinforce the line, where they played a prominent role in the heavy fighting until victory was achieved in November. Following this the 9th Division was recalled to Australia to face the Japanese threat, and the 2/3rd returned to Australia in early 1943 for a period of leave and jungle training before returning to action against the Japanese in New Guinea. The 2/3rd returned to Australia in January 1946 where they were disbanded shortly after.

  • Carry On Victoria 2019

    16 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F14

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organisation that has provided welfare assistance to the ex-service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2019

    19 May 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Trustee Colonel Michelle Campbell

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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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2019

    23 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of May, we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: the Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totalled 7,000. 

    30 May 1942: The '1000 Bomber Raid'
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the '1000 Bomber' raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations. 

    14 May 1943: sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur
    The Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk off the coast of Queensland in one of the most controversial incidents of the Second World War. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross, a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of the 12 nurses, and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war. 

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation, or at the hands of their guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death Marches were alive. 

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2019

    26 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
     

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    This day includes a march up the Shrine Forecourt and a wreath laying service in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the Battle of Crete in May 1941.

  • Boer War Commemoration 2019

    26 May 2019, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A commemoration service will commence with a march up to the Eternal Flame by Boer War veterans' descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome. 

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2019

    26 May 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The American Ex-Servicemen Association service takes place on the nearest Sunday to Memorial Day, an American holiday to remember those who have died in military service. The Association promotes the welfare of American ex-servicemen and women in Australia.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2019

    31 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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    The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service commemorates Aboriginal service and sacrifice in the Australian Forces in every major conflict from the Boer War to the present.

  • RAN Recruits June 2019

    2 June 2019, 10:00am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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  • Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) Inc 2019

    2 June 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    Founded in 1997 the Association membership is open to all with an interest in Bomber Command, in support of veterans and families who ensure that the service and sacrifice of Bomber Command is acknowledged and never forgotten. bombercommand.org.au

    Bomber Command was the Royal Air Force's wing that controlled all bomber forces from 1936 to 1968, with notable responsibility for the bombing of Germany in the Second World War and for carrying the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent in the 1960s via the V Bombers.

  • Normandy Veterans Association with Glen Waverley Secondary College 2019

    6 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    This annual service commemorates the Allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, better known as 'D-Day'. This remains the largest amphibious landing in history, involving almost 200,000 men in the invasion on the first day alone, and it is now considered to mark the true beginning of the liberation of Europe. The service also pays respect to those men who would fight in Normandy over the coming weeks as the Allies fought to break out of the beach head and push the Germans back.

    The Normandy Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Glen Waverley Secondary College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Queen's Birthday 21 Gun Salute 2019

    8 June 2019, 12:00pm

    A 21 Gun Salute on the Lower Forecourt marks the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of State. Although her actual birthday is 21 April, there is an Official Birthday in early June to coincide with finer weather that benefits the outdoor ceremonies. In Victoria this is held on the second Saturday in June.

    A 21 Gun Salute is a traditional salute firing blanks from an artillery piece or cannon to acknowledge special Royal occassions within the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

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  • Special Air Service Regiment Association 2019

    12 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests nil assistance.

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    On 12th June 1996, two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided during a live-fire counter-terrorism/special recovery operation exercise at Fire Support Base Barbara in the High Range Training Area at Townsville, Queensland. Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident.

  • 'N' Class Destroyers 2019

    16 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    From a flotilla of eight N-Class Royal Navy Destroyers built in 1939, five were transferred into the Royal Australian Navy for service in the Second World War, of which HMAS Nestor was sunk in June 1942. We honour the service and sacrifice of the N-Class Destroyers with a commemorative service in the Sanctuary.

  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    16 June 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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    The annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to 17 June, commemorating the date when the battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of 1941.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2019

    20 June 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of June we commemorate the following events:

    28 June 1919: Treaty of Versailles
    More than seven months after the Armistice came into effect the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    6 June 1944: ‘D-Day’
    The Allied invasion of France on June 6 1944 was the largest single amphibious operation in the history of mankind. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen would be involved in the fighting on this day alone. Australian forces were largely involved in the Pacific theatre by this time but RAAF forces attached to the RAF played crucial roles in pre-landing bombings and in providing fighter cover for the landing forces.

    25 June 1950: Outbreak of the Korean War
    The ‘Forgotten War’ breaks out when North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korean and US forces. In the three years of fighting to follow 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

    May - Jun 1968: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
    The largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.

  • RAN Recruits June 2019

    23 June 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2019

    23 June 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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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.

  • HMAS Waterhen 2019

    30 June 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The original HMAS Waterhen was a V Class Destroyer built in England in 1918 and transferred to the RAN in 1933. Along with her sister ships, Waterhen formed the famous “Scrap Iron Flotilla” during the Second World War, serving in an anti-submarine role. Following a dive-bomber attack on 30 June 1941 She was holed and immobilised with no casualties, and after being taken in tow by HMS Defender for a short period She was then lost at sea on 30 June, becoming the first RAN ship to be lost by enemy action during the War.

    The present HMAS Waterhen is a shore establishment located on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Waverton, home to six Huon class Mine Hunter Coastal Vessels and support craft including a Diving Tender, a Torpedo recovery vessel, and two Mine Sweeper Auxiliaries.

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2019

    6 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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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.

  • Reserve Forces Day 2019

    7 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Reserve Forces Day is the National recognition of the former and serving Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve personnel, numbering over 1.25 million people. It occurs on the anniversary of the reforming of Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.

     

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2019

    14 July 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The urgent need for an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward positions at short notice while under threat of air attack led to the creation of No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. The squadron was initially tasked with constructing an airfield at Wards Field, five miles from Port Moresby, in July 1942, which it did in the face of extraordinary difficulties. 

  • Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria - Bastille Day 2019

    14 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (14 July), the French National Day. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2019

    18 July 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July, 1911: Formation of the Royal Australian Navy
    On 10 July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called 'His Majesty's Australian Ship'.

    1 July, 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial Force more than 23,000 casualties. 

    4 July, 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles. 

    19 July, 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Battle of Cape Spada off Crete. 

  • Battle of Fromelles 2019

    19 July 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the Battle of Fromelles, that began on 19 July 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.

  • RAN Recruits July 2019

    21 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2019

    21 July 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee TBA
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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.

  • Korean Veterans Association 2019

    27 July 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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    The Korean Veterans Association of Australia (Victoria) will hold their annual remembrance service in recognition of all Victorian's who served in the Korean War. Australians served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force in the defence of South Korea between 1950 and 1953. After the armistice was signed, significant Australian forces remained in Korea until 1957. Over 17,000 Australians served in Korea and the surrounding waters—356 were killed and 1,500 were wounded.

  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association - Victoria Branch 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Association and will not be held at the Shrine in 2019.

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    An annual service is held to honour the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) on the Sunday closest to 31 July, marking the date of their arrival in Vietnam in 1962.

  • 7 Battalions Combined 2019

    4 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    7 Battalions combined recognises the variations of the 7th Battalion that served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam War:
    7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought during the First World War at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
    2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought throughout the Second World War. 
    7 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment served two tours during the Vietnam War and continues to serve within 1st Brigade.

  • Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc (VAJEX Aust Inc) 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Association and will no longer be held at the Shrine.

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    The Victorian Association Of Jewish Ex & Servicemen & Women Australia Inc cares for Jewish military personnel and is open to all who are currently serving, or have served, in Allied Forces. Membership is also open to their families as non-service members.

  • Battle of Amiens 2019

    8 August 2019, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918, as the opening phase of the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. It was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war, and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of the trenches.

    The Rotary Club of Melbourne 0808 Committee hold an annual Remembrance Service to commemorate the Australian contribution to victory at The Battle of Amiens. They also recognise and honour the contribution of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD, a significant Charter member and President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne 1922-23.

     

  • Battle of Savo Island (HMAS Canberra) 2019

    9 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    On 8 August 1942 the RAN Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged while serving in a joint US Navy and RAN force while protecting American troop transports during the landing operations on Guadalcanal. She was hit 24 times by attacking Imperial Japanese Naval forces in under two minutes, suffering 84 crew killed. HMAS Canberra was scuttled by torpedo the next day by US Destroyers. We honour those who served in the Battle of Savo Island.

  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2019

    11 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    Pedestal was a British Operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942), as the strategic island fortress was under Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight. This service commemorates the Second World War sacrifices of the Maltese people.

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2019

    11 August 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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  • 74th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2019

    15 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorates Imperial Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 the  Australian government gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. The governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory Over Japan or VJ Day.

  • RAN Recruits August 2019

    17 August 2019, 10:00am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2019

    18 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo 
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2019

    18 August 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM 
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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 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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2019

    22 August 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

     

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914 - Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. Its mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea. 

    6-17 August 1915 - Gallipoli 
    From the 6th to 17th of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation. 

    8 August 1916 - Mouquet Farm 
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. 

    13 August 1941 - Formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australia Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as clerks, typists, cooks and drivers. 

    9 August 1942 - Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle fo Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her, 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city. 

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2019

    25 August 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The Consolidated Catalina was a versatile flying boat that entered RAAF service in February 1941. With an eight man crew capable of carrying 20 people, the "Cats" were used for reconnaissance missions, bombing, mine laying, dropping supplies and air/sea rescues. They were retired from service in 1952.

    The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria) will be supported by students and staff of Wesley College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2019

    31 August 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia was established in June 1995, with branches in all states and territories. They honour the memory and sacrifice of all those who served during the Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and in Malaya, Borneo or Malaysia since the Second World War.

    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Thomas Carr College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2019

    3 September 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation’s commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country’s ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War.

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2019

    4 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests nil assistance.

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment. 

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups.

     

  • Battle for Australia 2019

    4 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    All school students are welcome.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September.

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2019

    8 September 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

    The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson’s Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured – a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2019

    8 September 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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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.

  • RSL and Services Clubs Association 2019

    8 September 2019, 4:45pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2019

    11 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.

  • Russian ANZACs 2019

    11 September 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2019

    14 September 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    On 14 September 1947 four Australian Military officers deployed to Indonesia with the United Nations Good Offices Commission, since then Australian personnel have participated in 73 Peace Operations in 64 different countries. The Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association honour this legacy with their annual wreath laying service in the Sanctuary.

  • RAN Recruits September 2019

    15 September 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Submarines Association of Australia 2019

    15 September 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War. 

  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2019

    15 September 2019, 2:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory.

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities, competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz). Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed in action.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2019

    19 September 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    HMA Submarine AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. After 103 years, it was recently relocated in December 2017 off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September 1941: Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk', spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetary at Tobruk.

    21 September 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war. 

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2019

    22 September 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945. Three months later they formed part of the occupation force on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi) before disbanding on 22 February 1946. 

  • Trustees Remembrance Service 2019

    25 September 2019, 9:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives.

    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors.

    This Service is closed to the Public.

     

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  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2019

    26 September 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighboring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.

  • Australian Commando Association 2019

    29 September 2019, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

    Shrine Representative: 
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson's Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve. 

  • Melbourne University Regiment Wreath Laying and Graduation Parade 2019

    6 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying & Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Regiment serves as an officer training unit in the Australian Army Reserve, with lineage dating back to 1884 as D Company 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, when 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. As a training establishment they have never deployed as a fighting force, however MUR graduates have served in every major commitment of Australia's armed forces since Federation.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2019

    6 October 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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.

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria 2019

    9 October 2019, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2019

    12 October 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War, providing heavy artillery support in defence of Australian held airspace.

  • RAN Recruits October 2019

    13 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2019

    17 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2019

    17 October 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of October, we commemorate the following occasions:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were involved in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were invovled in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San and Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition. 

  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2019

    18 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper built in Sydney and commissioned in 1941. She served during the Second World War with Battle Honours including Indian Ocean, Sicily, Pacific and Okinawa. She returned to Sydney in 1946 for decommission and transfer to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

    In October 2007, a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be supported by students and staff of Berwick Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2019

    20 October 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Each year the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association commemorates the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942) with a service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2019

    20 October 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.

  • 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2019

    25 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War: the Siege of Tobruk (1941), the El Alamein battles (1942), the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea (1943), and the landings in British North Borneo (1945). 

    Each year near to 23 October a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa.

    The 9th Division Council will be supported by students and staff of Scotch College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Czechoslovak Ex-Servicemen's League 2019

    27 October 2019, 11:15am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G60

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2019

    28 October 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was founded in the 1970's to promote the contribution of the Hellenes to Australian wartime and peace keeping service throughout history. The current President Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM has written two books highlighting the contribution of Greek Australians that fought as part of the Australian Military forces in the two World Wars and Vietnam War.

  • Remembering the Armistice of Mudros 2019

    31 October 2019, 11:45am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative

    TBA

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    This commemorative service marks the centenary of the coming into effect of the Armistice of Mudros at noon on the 31st October 1918. The Armistice was signed the previous day by representatives of the Entente Powers, represented by the British Admiral Arthur Calthorpe, and those of the Ottoman Empire. The negotiations and signing ceremony took place aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Agamemnon anchored in Mudros Bay in the northern Aegean Island of Lemnos. The Armistice brought to an end the First World War across the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Just as HMAS Agamemnon had played a major role as part of the Naval forces in the Gallipoli campaign, so the Island of Lemnos had operated as an advance base throughout the campaign. For tens of thousands of Australian soldiers across the region, the First World War was now at an end

  • 2/6 Cavalry Commando 2019

    3 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C56

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    2/6 Cavalry Commando served in the Second World War as an armoured reconnaissance regiment, with later conversion to a cavalry commando regiment. Each year on 3rd November a service is held to honour those men of the Regiment who fell in battle and those since departed.

  • 4th Australian Field Regiment with Caulfield Grammar 2019

    6 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Regiment's tree was established on the Shrine Reserve in 1995 during the "Australia Remembers" Year. The pilgrimage is in honour of all men who served in the Regiment and to the members who made the supreme sacrifice.

    The 4th Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Caulfield Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • 2/8th Infantry Battalion Association with Macarthur St Primary School 2019

    8 November 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C58

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in Melbourne at the outset of the Second World War, the 2/8th first saw action in North Africa as part of the 6th Division before partipating in the disastrous Greece and Crete campaigns. Withdrawn from the Middle East in 1942, the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1944-45. They suffered 94 killed and 272 wounded during the Second World War.

    The Association will be supported by students and staff of Macarthur Street Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Legacy Remembrance Service 2019

    10 November 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service initiates Legacy Week, the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

    www.legacy.com.au/LegacyWeek

  • 4th Anti-Tank Association 2019

    10 November 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in Victoria in 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia.

  • Remembrance Day 2019

    11 November 2019, 10:15am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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  • Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2019

    11 November 2019, 11:20am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Association, which has branches all over the world, commemorates the service and sacrifice of French soldiers on Remembrance Day each year. On this day the Association also remembers those Australians who gave their lives on French soil in the First World War and for French freedom in the Second World War.

    The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria will be joined by Camberwell Primary School for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - November 2019

    14 November 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    Today we commemorate the following military occasions that occurred in November:

    2 November 1942: Kokoda Airstrip Re-occupied
    Australian troops forced their Japanese opponents out of Kokoda in early November 1942. The capture of Kokoda and its airfield made subsequent operations significantly easier due its shortened lines of supply. 

    12 November 1943: Final Japanese Air Raid on Australia
    This day saw a small Japanese force bomb Darwin. This raid, the 64th on the city, was the final aerial bombardment of Australia during the Second World War. 

    5 November 1950: Battle of Pakchon, Korea
    The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, part of the 27th Commonwealth Brigade, successfully assaulted and held crucial hill features overlooking Pakchon in the face of heavy North Korean and Chinese resistance. 3RAR were supported by British troops, New Zealand artillery and American armour in their actions on 5 November 1950. 

  • RAE Association 2019

    16 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D70

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Royal Australian Engineers Association (Vic) is an association of serving and retired army engineers, known as  Sappers. The Association works to benefit the Sapper community with its primary focus being on the family of serving and retired Sappers in Victoria.

  • Gurkha/Nepalese Wreath Laying Service 2019

    17 November 2019, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G55

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Gurkhas are elite light-infantry soldiers from Nepal who have served in the British Army for over 200 years with a reputation for being fiercely courageous warriors. They have stood beside Australian troops in almost every conflict since Gallipoli. In honour of our Nepalese Allies the Shrine hosts the Gurkha/Nepalese Wreath Laying Service on the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day, held at their memorial plaque, dedicated on Remembrance Day 2007 near the Legacy Garden in the Shrine Reserve.

  • HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistic Support Unit, Incorporating a Plaque Relocation and Dedication 2019

    17 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F24

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    This service is held for all who served onboard ships bearing the name HMAS Sydney, all destroyer escorts and HMA Ships Jeparit and Boonaroo who were all involved in the Vietnam conflict. It also recognises Far Eastern Strategic Reserve personnel, and those who served in non-combatant roles of logistics and supply, encompassing all Vietnam Logistic Support roles.

    This service is held on the 19th of November each year. 

  • 9RAR Association 2019

    17 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment was raised in November 1967 for service in the Vietnam War. After training and a working up period, the unit was deployed to Vietnam in November 1968 where it saw active service over the next 12 months as part of the 1st Australian Task Force.

    The Association acknowledge three key events in their history that all happened in November: Formation in 1967, deployment to Vietnam in 1968 and return to Australia in 1969.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2019

    17 November 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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. 

  • 2 Australian Field Ambulance Association 2019

    24 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C43

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    The 2nd Field Ambulance was one of three such units operating within the First Division of the First World War.  Each Unit was asigned to one of the three Brigades within the First Division. The 2nd Brigade to which the 2nd Field Ambulance was assigned, comprised of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Battalions, all from Victoria.

    The 2nd Brigade landed at Gallipoli on the 25 April and the accompanying 2nd Field Ambulance served throughout the campaign, then following the 2nd Brigade to France and Belgium from 1916.

  • 106 Tank Attack Regiment Association 2019

    24 November 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    A commemorative service is held at the Shrine on the last Sunday of November each year. This marks the Regiment's last month of active operations during the Second World War. The day is also the anniversary of the dedication of the unit's memorial tree and plaque at the Shrine. 

  • Blackburn RSL Sub-Branch 2019

    26 November 2019, 10:45am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Blackburn RSL Sub-branch conducts their annual pilgrimage in honour of ex-servicemen and women who were members of the sub-branch.

  • Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women 2019

    27 November 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E14

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    The Australian Legion was formed in December 1944 from a number of existing organisations, to support all ex-service personnel, including British Commonwealth and Allied personnel, and former members of the peace-time Australian regular and reserve forces. Their families, relatives and interested parties are also welcome. They offer support through a wide variety of means, operating as a not-for-profit network.

    This annual service usually occurs on the last Wednesday of November.

  • Corvette Association/HMAS Armidale with Star of the Sea 2019

    1 December 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Corvette Association with support from Star of the Sea College will hold their annual HMAS Armidale Service today. Corvettes are a small class of Naval Ship serving multi-role duties such as mine-sweeping, patrol and bombardments, and are particularly suited to escorting supply convoys. HMAS Armidale was sunk on this day in 1942 after aerial attack from Japanese aircraft, fighting as She went down.

  • Australian Intelligence Association (Victoria) 2019

    1 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Australian Intelligence Corps was formed on 6th December 1907, disbanded in 1914 and then reformed again at the outbreak of the Second World War. Since its reformation the Corps has provided intelligence and counter-intelligence to the Army. The service of members of the Corps is remembered on this day.

  • 29/46 Battalion Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    1 December 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 29/46 Battalion Association holds its annual pilgrimage on the first Sunday in December each year. The service is held to commemorate the Battalion's first action on 5 December 1943 on the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea. 

  • Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2019

    7 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ships Infantry Association of Victoria will honour the veterans and acknowledge the serving members of HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault.

    AMCs were merchant ships converted for naval service with the addition of armour and guns, for self-defence in supply convoys. With limited success in this role some were repurposed as Landing Ships to serve in troop transport roles. HMAS Assault was a Navy training centre specialising in amphibious assaults, characteristic of the Allied offensives in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War.

  • The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2019

    7 December 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    7 December 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The American Ex-Servicemen's Association was founded in March 1946 by a group of American Service personnel who emigrated to Australia. It is a social organisation formed to promote the welfare of American Ex-Servicemen and women in Australia and to secure better relations between Americans and the Australian Community. We honour that relationship today with their annual Commemorative Service in the Sanctuary.

    On 7 December 1941, Imperial Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the United State's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus America's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. Other simultaneous  attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation of Malaya, Thailand, Guam, Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

  • Sembawang Association 2019

    8 December 2019, 12:00pm

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    The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force established bases in the northern-Singapore town of Sembawang that were faught over and destroyed during the British withdrawal in the Battle of Singapore, 1942. The naval base was reocuppied after the Second World War and supported Commonwealth and United States navies and their participation in the major Cold War conflicts of the 1950s and 1960s in the Far East region.

  • 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion (2nd AIF) 2019

    8 December 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - December 2019

    15 December 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - December 2019

    19 December 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of December we commemorate the current and ongoing service of Australian Troops on peacekeeping and other operations. 

    Evacuation from Gallipoli
    In October 1915 the British Government began to consider the need for evacuation. Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay were finally relinquished on 19 December, with Cape Helles following suit on 9 January 1916. The evacuations at Anzac Cove, Suvla Bay and Cape Helles were a triumph of staff planning. By the time of evacuation close to 46,000 allied troops had been killed during the fighting on land frm a total of 250,000 casualties. The Turkish forces suffered losses that were possibilty even greater.

  • Friends of Gallipoli Inc. 2019

    20 December 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Friends of Gallipoli will attend their annual service to commemorate the beginning of peace at Gallipoli, when the guns fell silent at the ANZAC sector on this day in 1915 following the full withdrawal of Allied forces.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - January 2020

    16 January 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of January, we commemorate the followng events:

    9 January 1917: Light Horse captures Rafa
    The Allies, led by the ANZAC Mounted Division, took the Turkish outpost of Rafa on the Egypt-Palestine border. Together with the earlier capture of Magdhaba this action provided the Allies a secure base for their advance into Palestine.

    3-5 January 1941: Battle of Bardia
    The attack and capture of the Italian held city of Bardia, Libya, marked the beginning of Australia's first major ground campaign of the Second World War. 

    9 Janaury 1966: Operation Crimp, Vietnam
    1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment was involved in heavy fighting in Viet Cong tunnels during Operation Crimp.

  • 2/29 Battalion AIF Association 2020

    19 January 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1940 for service in the Second World War. They participated in the Malayan Campaign, fighting delaying actions around Bakri and Muar, eventually withdrawing to Singapore to fight in the defence (February 1942). The Battalion were captured when the garrison capitulated and they spent the duration of the war as prisoners, being moved around different camps including the infamous Changi prison. 582 members of the 2/29 AIB were killed in action or died in captivity, with 143 wounded in action.

    This service is held on the closest Sunday to 17 January as the anniversary of their first action. 

  • 2/22 Battalion Lark Force Association 2020

    19 January 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 2/22 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. They arrived in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 and combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance and 17 Anti-Tank Battery to form Lark Force. The "Bird Forces" were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, wth Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakau airbases. 

    After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops and unprepared for an ordered retreat, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape.

    Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2020

    19 January 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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. 

  • Australia Day Salute 2020

    26 January 2020, 12:00pm

    Artillery Salute on the Forecourt.

    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. 

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

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  • Australia Day Council 2020

    26 January 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

  • Australian Defence Force Academy Service 2020

    27 January 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2020

    2 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 2/21 Infantry Battalion, part of 23 Brigade of 8 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 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. 

  • 4th Light Horse Association 2020

    2 February 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 percent 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. 

  • National Servicemen's Association 2020

    9 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

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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 shceme was abolished. 

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2020

    9 February 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 attacks, 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.

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2020

    10 February 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23rd September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay whilst disembarking troops. 

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. 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.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2020

    15 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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

  • RAEME Association 2020

    16 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2020

    16 February 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 2020

    19 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2020

    20 February 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 the 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 Japanesen forces on the island.

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2020

    23 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

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    The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in 1916 for service during the First World War, serving on the Western Front with many battle honours before being disbanded in 1919. It was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Citizens Force in 1921 and in 1927 adopted the title of the 'Brighton Rifles', before becoming part of the Militia in 1929. During the Second World War the 46th served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29/46 Battalion. 

  • 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2020

    23 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-45 Memorial

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  • HMAS Perth National Association Victorian Branch 2020

    1 March 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Association is open to any serving or ex-naval person who has served some time in any ship named HMAS Perth, of which there have been three: D29, D38 and FFH157, with nine combined Battle Honours.

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2020

    6 March 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association will be supported by students and staff of St. Bernard's College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company came from Tasmania and D Company came from Western Australia; in April 1945 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942 and ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3 died while prisoners. 

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - March 2020

    15 March 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

  • 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2020

    17 March 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion will be supported by students and staff of St. Michael's Grammar School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • ILIM College of Australia 2020

    18 March 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    A service will be conducted at the Shrine of Remembrance on the anniversary of ILIM College's Walk of Harmony in 2016. This project sought to bring together students from the Turkish Islamic, Catholic and State schools from the Broadmeadows area to walk in the steps of the young men of the past. As part of the ANZAC Day commemorations, students visited the shores of Gallipoli to pay their respects to the soldiers who fought there.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - March 2020

    19 March 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In March, we commemorate the following important dates: 

    17 March 1917: The Capture of Bapaume
    German-held Bapaume was captured by Australian forces on 17 March. Considered by the Allies to be of strategic importance, it was occupied by the Australians as they followed close on the heels of the German army's retreat to the Hindenburg Line. 

    29 March 1941: Battle of Matapan
    This naval engagement, fought off the coast of Greece, involved HMA Ships Perth, Vendetta and Stuart in a battle which saw the loss of five Italian ships and gave the Allies control of the seas surrounding Greece and Crete for several months. 

    21 March 1942: Air Battle for Port Moresby
    The air battle for Port Moresby began in March with Japanese forces attempting to sink Allied shipping and restrict supplies to Australian forces. Australian, Dutch and American aircraft fought a bitter battle in the skies over New Guinea for the next few months. 

  • Greek National Day 2020

    22 March 2020, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    This annual service is held to commemorate the involvement of Australian men and women serving in the Greek campaign in the Second World War and the relationship with our Greek Allies. The service also honours the many Greek-Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force over many years. 

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2020

    25 March 2020, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • XLI Club 2020

    2 April 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • HMAS Vampire 2020

    5 April 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    To commemorate the sinking of HMAS Vampire and the loss of 10 crew members. 

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2020

    12 April 2020, 12:00pm

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    The Australian-Maltese community holds an annual service of remembrance in April each year. This time marks the award of the George Cross to the island by King George VI of the United Kingdom in a letter dated 15 April 1942 so as to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the tremendous hardships they suffered in the early days of the Second World War.

  • 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2020

    12 April 2020, 2:00pm

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    The story of the 2/4 Australian General Hospital during the Second World War is one of which all Australians can be proud. While statistics do not convey the quality of the medical care involved, the fact that some 14,000 casualties passed through the hospital at Tobruk, 19,000 at Redbank and a further 10,000 at Jerusalem, Colomobo and Labuan gioves some idea of the immensity of their contribution. The record of servce rendered by 2/4 AGH i many battlefields between 1940 and 1945 has seldom been surpassed.

  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2020

    15 April 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

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    22 Squadron will be supported by students and staff of Corpus Christi Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2020

    16 April 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces, the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats. Following a brief fight, she was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on 'Z Force' - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales, sunk - HMAS Vampire's luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes off the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War, the Battle of Kapyong saw the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea. 340 would lose their lives, and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as last as 1957.

  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2020

    17 April 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    Legacy is a national voluntary organisation of veterans, servicemen and women, and other volunteers who are dedicated to the care of the dependants of Australian Defence Force members, after the death of a spouse or parent during service, and to Australian and Allied families after operation service. Legacy was formed in 1923.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2020

    19 April 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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. 

  • Loyal Orange Institute of Australia 2020

    19 April 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • Longbeach RSL 'Digger for a Day' 2020

    22 April 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    A joint effort by the Shrine of Remembrance and the Longbeach RSL Sub-branch, 'Digger for a Day' gives students in the Chelsea area the chance to make a special pilgrimage to the Shrine close to ANZAC Day each year. Special educational activities are organised for attending school groups who also attend a short service of remembrance during the day.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2020

    24 April 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

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    The 2/14 Battalion was raised in Victoria in April 1940 and was initially stationed at Puckapunyal until it was sent to the Middle East. In early 1942, they were shipped back to Australia, disembarking in Adelaide where they camped at Springbark in the Adelaide Hills. They travelled to Melbourne by train and took some well earned leave. As the Japanese threat developed, they moved by train from the Watsonia camp in Melbourne to Glen Innes for a short period, before moving on to Yandina in Queensland. The Battalion embarked at Brisbane for the Papuan campaign, and between 16 August 1942 and 15 January 1943 fought on the Kokoda Track and at Gona.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2020

    24 April 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds its annual pilgrimage at the Shrine on the eve of ANZAC Day. The Association remembers the service and sacrifice of its members at this time.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2020

    24 April 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 3 Australian Division Signals Descendants will be supported by students and staff of Greenhills Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2020

    24 April 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    Villers Bretonneux Day, April 24th, marks the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918. 

    A service is held annually by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on April 24th at the Shrine of Remembrance. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZAC's first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux is today the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Day 2020

    25 April 2020, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history.

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2020

    25 April 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2020

    26 April 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 57/60 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 2020

    1 May 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The HMAS Castelmaine is a Second World War Corvette with Battle Honours including Darwin, the Pacific and New Guinea. Following decomission into reserve as a training ship, she has been preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown, Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine service will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2020

    3 May 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Women's Royal Australian Army Corp (WRAAC) was established on 12 February 1951 to cover a manpower shortage due to the Korean War and national service. Previously women had served in the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) during the Second World War from August 1941 until June 1947. The WRAAC Reserve Association (Victoria) was founded in August 1976 with the desire to promote social functions for former members of 8/3 WRAAC Company. In November 2007 the name was changed to WRAAC Association (Victoria) Inc. Women who have or are serving in the Australian Military Forces may join the association to participate in social events, ceremonies and comradeship. 

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2020

    3 May 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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. 

  • Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2020

    8 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representive: 
    TBA

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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 Friday, 8th May 2020 to commemorate the Second World War Victory in Europe.

    On 7th May 1945, 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 8-9th May 1945, with 8th May being declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day. 

    Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to return home. But the celebration was tempered by the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won, and the mood across the country remaind sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9th May, 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

    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 lost relatives and loved ones during that war.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2020

    8 May 2020, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba, the second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th and 8th of May, 1915, on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6 Battalion Association each year on 8th May.

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2020

    12 May 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2020

    17 May 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2020

    21 May 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of May, we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: the Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totalled 7,000. 

    30 May 1942: the '1000 Bomber Raid'
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the '1000 Bomber' raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations. 

    14 May 1943: Sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur.
    Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk off the coast of Queensland in one of the most controversial incidents of the Second World War. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross, a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of the 12 nurses. Images of the sinking Centaur would beocme part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war.

    29 May 1945: the Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourised, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation, or at the hands of their guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death Marches were alive. 

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2020

    23 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This day includes a march up the Shrine Forecourt and a wreath laying service in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the Battle of Crete in May 1941.

  • Boer War Commemoration 2020

    24 May 2020, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A commemoration service will commence with a march up to the Eternal Flame by Boer War veterans' descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Scouts and Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome.

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2020

    24 May 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2020

    31 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Normandy Veterans Association with Glen Waverley Secondary College 2020

    6 June 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Held annually, this service commemorates the Allied landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944, better known as 'D-Day'. The largest amphibious landing in history, almost 200,000 men were involved in the invasion on the first day alone, and it is now considered to mark the true beginning of the liberation of Europe. The service also pays respect to those men who would fight in Normandy over the coming weeks as the Allies fought to break out of the beach head and push the Germans back.

    The Normandy Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Glen Waverley Seconday College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Queen's Birthday 21 Gun Salute 2020

    6 June 2020, 12:00pm

    21 Gun Salute on the Lower Forecourt

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  • Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) Inc 2020

    7 June 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    For more information on the Bomber Command Commemorative Association, please go to their website:
    bombercommand.org.au/

  • Special Air Service Regiment Association 2020

    12 June 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests nil assistance. 

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    On 12th June 1996, two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided during a live-fire counter-terrorism/special recovery operation exercise at Fire Support Base Barbara in the High Range Training Area at Townsville, Queensland. Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident.

  • 'N' Class Destroyers 2020

    14 June 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2020

    14 June 2020, 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 17 June, commemorating the date when the battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of 1941. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2020

    18 June 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of June we commemorate the following events:

    28 June 1919: Treaty of Versailles
    More than seven months after the Armistice came into effect the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. 

    6 June 1944: 'D-Day'
    The Allied invasion of France on 6 June 1944 was the largest single amphibious operation in the history of mankind. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen woudl be involved in the fighting on this day alone. Australian forces were largely involved in the Pacific theatre by this time but RAAF forces attached to the RAF played crucial roles in pre-landing bombings and in providing fighter cover for the landing forces. 

    25 June 1950: Outbreak of the Korean War
    The 'Forgotten War' breaks out when North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korean and US forces. In the three years of fighting to follow 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

    May-June 1968: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
    The largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around the Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2020

    21 June 2020, 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. 

  • HMAS Waterhen 2020

    30 June 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Reserve Forces Day 2020

    5 July 2020, 10:00am

     Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative

    TBA

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     Reserve Forces Day is the National recognition of the former and serving Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve personnel, numbering over 1.25 million people. It occurs on the anniversary of the reforming of Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2020

    6 July 2020, 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. 

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2020

    12 July 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The urgent need for an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward positions at short notice while under threat of air attack led to the creation of No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. The squadron was initially tasked with constructing an airfield at Wards Field, five miles from Port Moresby, in July 1942, which it did in the face of extraordinary difficulties. 

  • Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria - Bastille Day 2020

    14 July 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the services of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (14 July), the French National Day.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2020

    16 July 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July, 1911: Formation of the Royal Australian Navy
    On 10 July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called 'His Majesty's Australian Ship'.

    1 July, 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial Force more than 23,000 casualties. 

    4 July, 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles. 

    19 July, 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Battle of Cape Spada off Crete.

  • Battle of Fromelles 2020

    19 July 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the Battle at Fromelles, fought 19 July, 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2020

    26 July 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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.

  • Korean Veterans Association 2020

    27 July 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 7 Battalions Combined 2020

    2 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    7 Battalions Combined recognises the variations of the 7th Battalion that served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam War:
    7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought during the First World War at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
    2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought throughout the Second World War.
    7 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment served two tours during the Vietnam War and continues to serve within 1st Brigade.

  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association - Victoria Branch 2020

    2 August 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    An annual service is held to honour the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) on the Sunday closest to 31 July each year. This date marks the arrival of the AATTV in Vietnam in 1962.

  • Battle of Amiens 2020

    8 August 2020, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918, as the opening phase of the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. It was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war, and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of the trenches.

    The Rotary Club of Melbourne 0808 Committee hold an annual Remembrance Service to commemorate the Australian contribution to victory at the Battle of Amiens. They also recognise and honour the contribution of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD, a signficant Charter member and President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne 1922-23. 

  • Battle of Savo Island (HMAS Canberra) 2020

    9 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2020

    9 August 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2020

    15 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory over Japan or VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ Day and then surreptiously changed later. 

  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2020

    16 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Operation Pedestal was a Second World War British operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942). This island fortress was a major base for British attacks against German and Italian forces in North Africa, resulting in an Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2020

    16 August 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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 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.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2020

    18 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966), in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment, fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2020

    20 August 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. It's mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli
    From the 6th to 17th August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation. 

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. 

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her, 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign city.

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2020

    23 August 2020, 2:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria) will be supported by students and staff of Wesley College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Legacy Remembrance Service 2020

    30 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service initiates Legacy Week, the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans.

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2020

    31 August 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia was established in June 1995, with branches in all states and territories. They honour the memory and sacrifice of all those who served during the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation. 

    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Thomas Carr College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Battle for Australia 2020

    2 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    All school students are welcome.

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September. 

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2020

    3 September 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation's commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country's ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War. 

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2020

    4 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

     

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment.

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups. 

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2020

    11 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914, the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War. 

  • Russian ANZACs 2020

    11 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • Submarines Association of Australia 2020

    13 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War. 

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2020

    13 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. 

    The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson's Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured - a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this servce, held annually on the second Sunday in September. 

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2020

    14 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Carry On Victoria 2020

    15 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F14

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organisation that has provided welfare assistance to the ex-service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2020

    17 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September, 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    HMA Submarine AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. After 103 years lost, in December 2017 it was relocated off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September, 1941: Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk', spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September, 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2020

    20 September 2020, 12:00pm

    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 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 supremem sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2020

    20 September 2020, 2:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory. 

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German Air Force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities, competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed. 

  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2020

    26 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectvies without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighbouring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages. 

  • Australian Commando Association 2020

    27 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson's Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2020

    27 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945. Three months later they formed part of the occupation force on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi) before disbanding on 22 February 1946.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2020

    10 October 2020, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2020

    11 October 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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 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.

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria 2020

    14 October 2020, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2020

    15 October 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of October we commemorate the following occasions:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were invovled in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on the Afrika Korps forces. 

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San and Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2020

    16 October 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst class minesweeper commissioned in 1941 for service in the Second World War. She was decommissioned in 1946. In October 2007, a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be supported by students and staff of Berwick Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2020

    17 October 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabaul as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded. 

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Melbourne University Regiment Wreath Laying and Graduation Parade 2020

    18 October 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying & Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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. 

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2020

    18 October 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.

  • 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2020

    23 October 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War: the Siege of Tobruk 1941, the El Alamein battles 1942, the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea 1943, and the landings in British North Borneo 1945.

    Each year near to 23 October a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa. The 9th Division Council will be supported by students and staff of Scotch College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2020

    25 October 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Each year the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association commemorates the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942) with a service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2020

    28 October 2020, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Remembering the Armistice of Mudros 2020

    31 October 2020, 11:45am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This commemorative service marks the centenary of the coming into effect of the Armistice of Mudros at noon on the 31st October 1918. The Armistice was signed the previous day by representatives of the Entente Powers, represented by British Admiral Arthur Calthorpe, and those of the Ottoman Empire. The negotiations and signing ceremony took place aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Agamemnon anchored in Mudros Bay in the northern Aegean island of Lemnos. The Armistice brought to an end the First World War across the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Just as HMS Agamemnon had played a major role as part of the Naval forces in the Gallipoli campaign, so the island of Lemnos had operated as an advance base throughout the campaign. For tens of thousands of Australian soldiers across the region, the First World War was now at an end. 

  • 2/6 Cavalry Commando 2020

    3 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C56

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Each year on 3rd November a service is held to honour the officers and men of the Regiment - both those who fell in battle and those since departed. 

  • 4th Australian Field Regiment with Caulfield Grammar 2020

    4 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Regiment's tree was established on the Shrine Reserve during the 'Australia Remembers' Year 1995. They decided on an Annual Pilgrimage at Remembrance time for a Memorial Service. The pilgrimage is in honour of all men who served in the Regiment and to the members who made the supreme sacrifice. 

    The 4th Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Caulfield Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • 2/8th Infantry Battalion Association with Macarthur St Primary School 2020

    6 November 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C58

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in Melbourne at the outset of the Second World War, the 2/8th first saw action in North Africa as part of the 6th Division before participating in the disastrous Greece and Crete campaigns. Withdrawn from the Middle East in 1942, the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1944-45.

    The Battalion commemorates the service of its members in November each year. The Battalion suffered 94 killed and 272 wounded during the Second World War.

    The 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion Association will be supported by students and staff of Macarthur Street Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Legacy Remembrance Service 2020

    8 November 2020, 11:00am


    Wreath laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative 

    TBA

     

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  • 4th Anti-Tank Association 2020

    8 November 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Raised in Victoria in 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia. 

  • Remembrance Day 2020

    11 November 2020, 10:15am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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  • Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria 2020

    11 November 2020, 11:20am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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     The Association, which has branches all over the world, commemorates the service and sacrifice of French soldiers on Remembrance Day each year. On this day the Association also remembers those Australians who gave their lives on French soil in the First World War and for French freedom in the Second World War.

    The Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria will be supported by students and staff of Camberwell Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • RAE Association 2020

    14 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D70

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Gurkha/Nepalese Wreath Laying Service 2020

    15 November 2020, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G55

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Each year on the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day the service and sacrifice of the Gurkha regiments is honoured at their memorial plaque. This plaque was dedicated on Remembrance Day 2007 and is located near the Legacy Garden in the Shrine Reserve. Please ask staff for directions if necessary.

  • 9RAR Association 2020

    15 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR) was raised in November 1967 for service in the Vietnam War. After training and a working up period, the unit was deployed to Vietnam in November 1968 where it saw active service over the next 12 months as part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF). 

    An annual service is held each year on the first Sunday following Remembrance Day to commemorate the raising of the unit, and its first and last days of active service in Vietnam.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2020

    15 November 2020, 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 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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - November 2020

    19 November 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Today we commemorate the following military occasions that occurred in November:

    2 November 1942: Kokoda Airstrip Re-occupied
    Australian troops forced their Japanese opponents out of Kokoda in early November 1942. The capture of Kokoda and its airfield made subsequent operations significantly easier due to its shortened lines of supply.

    12 November 1943: Final Japenese Air Raid on Australia
    This day saw a small Japanese force bomb Darwin. This raid, the 64th on the city, was the final aerial bombardment of Australia during the Second World War. 

    5 November 1950: Battle of Pakchon, Korea
    The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, part of the 27th Commonwealth Brigade, successfully assaulted and held crucial hill features overlooking Pakchon in the face of heavy North Korean and Chinese resistance. 3RAR were supported by British troops, New Zealand artillery and American armour in their actions.

  • HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistic Support Unit 2020

    19 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    This service is held on the 19th of November each year.

  • 2 Australian Field Ambulance Association 2020

    22 November 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C43

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Blackburn RSL Sub-branch 2020

    24 November 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Blackburn RSL is conducting a pilgrimage and wreath laying to remember past service members of their Sub-branch.

  • Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women 2020

    25 November 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E14

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service usually occurs on the last Wednesday of November each year.

  • 106 Tank Attack Regiment Association 2020

    29 November 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    A commemorative service is held on the last Sunday of November each year. This marks the Regiment's last month of active operations during the Second World War. The day is also the anniversary of the dedication of the unit's memorial tree and plaque at the Shrine. 

  • Corvette Association/HMAS Armidale with Star of the Sea 2020

    1 December 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Corvette Association and HMAS Armidale will be supported by students and staff of Star of the Sea, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2020

    5 December 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Australian Intelligence Association (Victoria) 2020

    6 December 2020, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2020

    6 December 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    On 7 December 1941, Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the USA's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus the USA's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. The other attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation. The strategy behind the attacks called for roughly simultaneous attacks on Malaya, Thailand, American-held Guam and Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii. 

  • 29/46 Battalion Ex-Servicemen's Association 2020

    6 December 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 29/46 Battalion Association holds its annual pilgrimage on the first Sunday in December each year. The service is held to commemorate the Battalion's first action on 5 December 1943 on the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea.

  • Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2020

    12 December 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Armed Merchant Cruiser & Landing Ship Infantry (AMC/LSI) Association of Victoria represents the veterans, descendants and serving members of HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault.

    Their annual service is held on the Saturday prior to 15 December, which marks the first major landing operation by an Australian Landing Ship Infantry (HMAS Westralia in 1943) during the Second World War.

  • Sembawang Association 2020

    13 December 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion (2nd AIF) 2020

    13 December 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - December 2020

    17 December 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    In the month of December we commemorate the current and ongoing service of Australian Troops on peacekeeping and other operations.

    Evacuation from Gallipoli
    In October 1915 the British Government began to consider the need for evacuation. Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay were finally relinquished on 19 December, with Cape Helles following suit on 9 January 1916. The evacuations at Anzac Cove, Suvla Bay and Cape Helles were a triumph of staff planning. By the time of evacuation close to 46,000 allied troops had been killed during the fighting on land from a total of 250,000 casualties. The Turkish forces suffered losses that were possibly even greater. 

  • Friends of Gallipoli Inc. 2020

    20 December 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is being held to commemorate the beginning of peace at Gallipoli when the guns fell silent in the ANZAC sector in the early hours of the 20th December 1915.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - December 2020

    20 December 2020, 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 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.