Ceremonies Archive

  • HMAS Perth National Association Victorian Branch 2021

    1 March 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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, D389, and FFH157, with nine combined battle honours. 

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2021

    9 March 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 wihle 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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - March 2021

    11 March 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    The Shrine Monthly Memorial Service commemorates notable moments, battles and operations from Australia's military history. The wreath laid at this service honours events that have taken place in this month. 

  • 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2021

    17 March 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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. 

  • ILIM College of Australia 2021

    18 March 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 2021

    21 March 2021, 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. 
     

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2021

    25 March 2021, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was founded in the 1970s 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 the Vietnam War. 

  • Greek Australian Commemorative Service 2021

    28 March 2021, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.