Ceremonies Archive

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

    1 December 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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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    TBA

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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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    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 2019

    7 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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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    TBA

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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

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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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    TBA

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - December 2019

    15 December 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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 - 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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    TBA 

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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.