Ceremonies Archive

  • Normandy Veterans Association with Glen Waverley Secondary College 2021

    6 June 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    This annual service commemorates the Allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, better known as 'D-Day'. This remains the largest amphibious landing in history, involving almost 200,00 men in the invasion on the first day alone, and it is now considered to mark the true beginning of the liberation of Europe. The service also pays respect to those men who would fight in Normandy over the coming weeks as the Allies fought to break out of the beach head and push the Germans back. 

    The Normandy Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Glen Waverley Secondary 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. 

  • Bomber Command Association 2021

    6 June 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

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    TBA

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    Founded in 1997 the Association membership is open to all with an interest in Bomber Command, in support of veterans and families who ensure that the service and sacrifice of Bomber Command is acknowledged and never forgotten. bombercommand.org.au/

    Bomber Command was the Royal Air Force's wing that controlled all bomber forces from 1936 to 1968, with notable responsibility for the bombing of Germany in the Second World War and for carrying the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent in the 1960s via the V Bombers. 

  • Special Air Service Regiment Association 2021

    12 June 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

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    On 12 June 1996, two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided during a live-fire counter-terrorism/special recovery operation exercise at Fire Support Base Barbara in the High Range Training Area at Townsville, Queensland. Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident. 

  • Queen's Birthday 21 Gun Salute 2021

    12 June 2021, 12:00pm

    A 21 Gun Salute on the Lower Forecourt at 12pm will mark the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of State. Although her actual birthday is 21 April, the reigning monarch holds an Official Birthday usually in early June to coincide with the finer weather in the northern hemisphere that benefits the outdoor ceremonies. In Victoria this is held on the second Monday in June. 

    A 21 Gun Salute is a traditional salute firing blanks from an artillery piece or cannon to acknowledge special Royal occasions within the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

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  • 'N' Class Destroyers 2021

    13 June 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    From a flotilla of eight N-Class Royal Navy Destroyers built in 1939, five were transferred into the Royal Australian Navy for service in the Second World War, of which HMAS Nestor was sunk in June 1942. We honour the service and sacrifice of the N-Class Destroyers with a commemorative service in the Sanctuary. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2021

    17 June 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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. 

  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2021

    20 June 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to 17 June, commemorating the date when the battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of 1941.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2021

    27 June 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 the 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. 

  • HMAS Waterhen 2021

    30 June 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The original HMAS Waterhen was a V Class Destroyer built in England in 1918 and transferred to the RAN in 1933. Along with her sister ships, Waterhen formed the famous 'Scrap Iron Flotilla' during the Second World War, serving in an anti-submarine role. Following a dive-bomber attack on 30 June 1941 She was holed and immobilised with no casualties, and after being taken in tow by HMS Defender for a short period She was then lost at sea on 30 June, becoming the first RAN ship to be lost by enemy action during the War. 

    The present HMAS Waterhen is a shore establishment located on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Waverton, home to six Huon class Mine Hunter Coastal Vessels and support craft including a Diving Tender, a Torpedo recovery vessel, and two Mine Sweeper Auxiliaries.