Ceremonies Archive

  • WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2019

    5 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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     The Women’s Royal Australian Army Corp (WRAAC) was established on 12 February 1951 to cover a manpower shortage due to the Korean War and national service. Previously women had served in the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) during the Second World War from August 1941 until June 1947. The WRAAC Reserve Association (Victoria) was founded in August 1976 with the desire to promote social functions for former members of 8/3 WRAAC Company, in November 2007 the name was changed to WRAAC Association (Victoria) Inc. Women who have or are serving in the Australian Military Forces may join the association to participate in social events, ceremonies and comradeship.

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2019

    5 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service honours the major naval battle of the Second World War between the Imperial Japanese Navy and joint United States and Australian Forces. It is attended by the Australian American Association Victoria, the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2019

    6 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The HMAS Castlemaine is a Second World War Corvette with Battle Honours including Darwin, The Pacific and New Guinea. Following decommission into reserve as a training ship, she was preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine Association will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program that fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2019

    8 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    This State Remembrance Service is held by the RSL in conjunction with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association to commemorate the Second World War victory in Europe.

    On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler, ending the war in Europe. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8-9th May 1945, with 8 May being declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day. 

    Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to return home. But the celebration was tempered by the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won, and the mood across the country remained sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2019

    8 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B36

    Shrine Representative: 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between 6 and 8 May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8 May.

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    12 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion was raised in May 1940 at Glenfield NSW, and after a period of training arrived in Egypt in November 1940. In January 1942 the Battalion moved to Syria and became attached to the 9th Division, who they were with for the rest of the war. As fighting intensified around El Alamein (Egypt) in July 1942 the 9th Division was rushed from Syria to reinforce the line, where they played a prominent role in the heavy fighting until victory was achieved in November. Following this the 9th Division was recalled to Australia to face the Japanese threat, and the 2/3rd returned to Australia in early 1943 for a period of leave and jungle training before returning to action against the Japanese in New Guinea. The 2/3rd returned to Australia in January 1946 where they were disbanded shortly after.

  • Carry On Victoria 2019

    16 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F14

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organisation that has provided welfare assistance to the ex-service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2019

    19 May 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Trustee Colonel Michelle Campbell

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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 - May 2019

    23 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of May, we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: the Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totalled 7,000. 

    30 May 1942: The '1000 Bomber Raid'
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the '1000 Bomber' raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations. 

    14 May 1943: sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur
    The Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk off the coast of Queensland in one of the most controversial incidents of the Second World War. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross, a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of the 12 nurses, and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war. 

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation, or at the hands of their guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death Marches were alive. 

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2019

    26 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
     

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    This day includes a small parade, church service, and wreath laying service in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the Battle of Crete in May 1941. We pay our respect to those people. 

  • Boer War Commemoration 2019

    26 May 2019, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A commemoration service will commence with a march up to the Eternal Flame by Boer War veterans' descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome. 

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2019

    26 May 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The American Ex-Servicemen Association service takes place on the nearest Sunday to Memorial Day, an American holiday to remember those who have died in military service. The Association promotes the welfare of American ex-servicemen and women in Australia.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2019

    31 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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    The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service commemorates Aboriginal service and sacrifice in the Australian Forces in every major conflict from the Boer War to the present.