Ceremonies Archive

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2020

    1 May 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The HMAS Castlemaine service will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma 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. 

  • WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2020

    3 May 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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  • Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2020

    8 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Friday, 8th May 2020 to commemorate the Second World War Victory in Europe.

    On 7th May 1945, German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8-9th May 1945, with 8th 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 remaind sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9th May, 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

    The service marks the RSL's recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who lost relatives and loved ones during that war.

  • 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2020

    8 May 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B36

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba, the second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th and 8th of 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 6 Battalion Association each year on 8th May.

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2020

    10 May 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    This service is attended by the Australian American Association (Vic), the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee. 

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2020

    12 May 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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  • Carry On Victoria 2020

    14 May 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F14

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    TBA

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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 2020

    17 May 2020, 1:30pm

    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 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 2020

    21 May 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.
    Australian 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. Images of the sinking Centaur would beocme part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war.

    29 May 1945: the Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourised, 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 2020

    23 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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

  • Boer War Commemoration 2020

    24 May 2020, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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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, Scouts and Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome.

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2020

    24 May 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2020

    31 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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