Ceremonies Archive

  • WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2021

    2 May 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Women's Royal Australian Army Corps 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. 

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2021

    2 May 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 57/60 Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army which served during the Second World War. Formed in 1930 as part of the Militia they amalgamated the 57th and 60th Battalions and were assigned to the 15th Brigade 3rd Division in Victoria. At the start of the war they served a garrison role in Australia before being deployed to New Guinea in 1943, where they served for 18 months before returning to Australia. In April 1945 they participated in the advance towards Buin town on the southern sector of Bougainville island (PNG). The battalion disbanded in March 1946. 

    The 57/60 Battalion Association was formed in 1945 and held their inaugural service on the first Sunday following ANZAC Day in 1946. 

  • HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2021

    7 May 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 has been preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown, Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine Associaton will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Servcie Organisation program. This partnership 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 2021

    8 May 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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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 2021

    8 May 2021, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 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 of commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8 May. 

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2021

    9 May 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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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 the joint United States and Australian Forces. It is attended by the Australian American Association Victoria, the American Ex-Servicemen's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee. 

  • 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2021

    12 May 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 2/3 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 2/3 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 2/3 returned to Australia in January 1946 where they were disbanded shortly after. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2021

    16 May 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2021

    20 May 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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. 

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2021

    22 May 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    This day includes a march up the Shrine Forecourt and a 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.

  • Boer War Commemoration 2021

    30 May 2021, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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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 2021

    30 May 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 2021

    31 May 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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