Services

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

  • The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2019

    7 December 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2020

    16 August 2020, 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 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.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2020

    20 August 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. It's mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli
    From the 6th to 17th August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation. 

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. 

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her, 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign city.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2020

    17 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September, 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    HMA Submarine AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. After 103 years lost, in December 2017 it was relocated off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September, 1941: Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk', spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September, 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2020

    20 September 2020, 12:00pm

    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 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 supremem sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2020

    11 October 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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.