Ceremonies Archive

  • Reserve Forces Day 2021

    4 July 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    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 the Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2021

    6 July 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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.

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2021

    11 July 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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 2021

    14 July 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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 2021

    15 July 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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - July 2021

    18 July 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    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 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. 

  • Battle of Fromelles 2021

    19 July 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

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    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. 

  • Korean Veterans Association 2021

    27 July 2021, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Korean Veterans Association of Australia (Victoria) will hold their annual remembrance service in recognition of all Victorians 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.