Ceremonies Archive

  • 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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