Services

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2019

    5 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2019

    26 May 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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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.

  • American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    7 December 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The American Ex-Servicemen's Association was founded in March 1946 by a group of American Service personnel who emigrated to Australia. It is a social organisation formed to promote the welfare of American Ex-Servicemen and women in Australia and to secure better relations between Americans and the Australian Community. We honour that relationship today with their annual Commemorative Service in the Sanctuary.

    On 7 December 1941, Imperial Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the United State's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus America's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. Other simultaneous  attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation of Malaya, Thailand, Guam, Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2020

    24 May 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2020

    6 December 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    On 7 December 1941, Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the USA's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus the USA's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. The other attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation. The strategy behind the attacks called for roughly simultaneous attacks on Malaya, Thailand, American-held Guam and Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.