Ceremonies Archive

  • XLI Club 2021

    1 April 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • HMAS Vampire 2021

    11 April 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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. 

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2021

    11 April 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 2021

    11 April 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/4th Australian General Hospital were the fourth 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.

  • Longbeach RSL 'Digger for a Day' 2021

    14 April 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 - April 2021

    15 April 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. 

  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2021

    16 April 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2021

    18 April 2021, 12:00pm

    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.

  • Loyal Orange Institution of Victoria 2021

    18 April 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.

  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2021

    23 April 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Legacy is a charity supporting 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 commemorative event close to ANZAC Day, as 25 April is a public holiday.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2021

    24 April 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 on Celebes and disbanded in Brisbane on 22 February 1946.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2021

    24 April 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 and Belgium, participating in the battles at Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, 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 2021

    24 April 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 3rd Division Signals were responsible for maintaining all forms of communication 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 2021

    24 April 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 2021

    25 April 2021, 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 2021

    25 April 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 this point they undertook garrison duties on Rabaul as part of the 11th Division, before returning home and disbanding in January 1946. 

    The 2/14th 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.