Ceremonies Archive

  • 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 Withdrawn from the Middle East in 1942, the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2019

    17 November 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. 

  • 2 Australian Field Ambulance Association 2019

    24 November 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C43

    Shrine Representative  

    TBA

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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

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.