Ceremonies Archive

  • Battle for Australia 2021

    1 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    All school students are welcome

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943. 

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September. 

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2021

    3 September 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nations commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country's ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War. 

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2021

    4 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

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    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups. 

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2021

    11 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War. 

  • Russian ANZACs 2021

    11 September 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War. 

  • Submarines Association of Australia 2021

    12 September 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    This service commemorates the First World War service and losses of HMA Submarines AE1 and AE2.

    AE1 deployed with a RAN fleet to occupy Germany's possessions in the South-West Pacific and to counter German naval threats. On 14 September 1914, AE1 and her 35 crew vanished without a trace and with no signs of enemy engagement. It wasn't until 2017 that She was located on the seabed off Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    AE2 began operations in the Dardanelles campaign in February 1915 before being tasked to force a passage through the heavily defended Dardanelles Strait in April, coinciding with the Gallipoli landings. Battling past shore batteries, enemy ships, minefields and natural obstacles She eventually made it through to the Sea of Marmora and began engaging enemy shipping. This morale boosting news has been credited with influencing the Allied decision to remain on the Gallipoli peninsula and perservere. Her luck ran out on 30 April 1915 after an enemy torpedo boat attack disabled the engine room, compounding her recent inability to dive. She was scuttled with no loss of life and her crew became prisoners for the duration of the war. The wreck was discovered in 1998.

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2021

    12 September 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

    The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson's Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured - a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September. 

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2021

    14 September 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

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    TBA
     

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    On 14 September 1947 four Australian Military officers deployed to Indonesia with the United Nations Good Offices Commission, and since then Australian personnel have participated in 73 Peace Operations in 64 different countries. The Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association honour this legacy with their annual wreath laying service. 

  • Carry On Victoria 2021

    15 September 2021, 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 Memorial Service - September 2021

    16 September 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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2021

    19 September 2021, 12:00pm

    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.

  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2021

    19 September 2021, 2:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory.

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities, competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz). Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed in action.

  • Trustees Remembrance Service 2021

    25 September 2021, 9:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

    This service is closed to the Public.

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  • Australian Commando Association 2021

    26 September 2021, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

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    TBA

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson's Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve. 

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2021

    26 September 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945. Three months later they formed part of the occupation force on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi) before disbanding on 22 February 1946.

  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2021

    26 September 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

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    TBA

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    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now began with uncertainty to the security of their flank. 

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighbouring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.