Ceremonies Archive

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2019

    6 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve (commonly referred to as the Far East Strategic Reserve or the FESR) was a military force created from units of the British, Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces. Created in the 1950s and based in Malaya, the FESR was conceived as a forward defence point for Australia and New Zealand, providing stability against communist regimes growing in the Southeast Asia region. The FESR Navy Association aims to promote recognition of the service of the men of the FESR's RAN component.

  • Reserve Forces Day 2019

    7 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Reserve Forces Day is the National recognition of the former and serving Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve personnel, numbering over 1.25 million people. It occurs on the anniversary of the reforming of Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.

     

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2019

    14 July 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    The urgent need for an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward positions at short notice while under threat of air attack led to the creation of No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. The squadron was initially tasked with constructing an airfield at Wards Field, five miles from Port Moresby, in July 1942, which it did in the face of extraordinary difficulties. 

  • Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria - Bastille Day 2019

    14 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (14 July), the French National Day. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2019

    18 July 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July, 1911: Formation of the Royal Australian Navy
    On 10 July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called 'His Majesty's Australian Ship'.

    1 July, 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial Force more than 23,000 casualties. 

    4 July, 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles. 

    19 July, 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Battle of Cape Spada off Crete. 

  • Battle of Fromelles 2019

    19 July 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the Battle of Fromelles, that began on 19 July 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.

  • RAN Recruits July 2019

    21 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2019

    21 July 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    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.

  • Korean Veterans Association 2019

    27 July 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Korean Veterans Association of Australia (Victoria) will hold their annual remembrance service in recognition of all Victorian's who served in the Korean War. Australians served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force in the defence of South Korea between 1950 and 1953. After the armistice was signed, significant Australian forces remained in Korea until 1957. Over 17,000 Australians served in Korea and the surrounding waters—356 were killed and 1,500 were wounded.

  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association - Victoria Branch 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Association and will not be held at the Shrine in 2019.

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    An annual service is held to honour the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) on the Sunday closest to 31 July, marking the date of their arrival in Vietnam in 1962.