Services

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

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2018

    24 June 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Trustee Ms. Susan Blake

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who have served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Air Force.

    In particular, we remember the service of men and women who served in units from World War I and World War II 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.

  • HMAS Waterhen 2018

    30 June 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Reserve Forces Day 2018

    1 July 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    For more information please visit the Reserve Forces Day Council website: Reserve Forces Day

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2018

    6 July 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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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. As part of their program they hold an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2018

    8 July 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    Early in 1942, Air Board realised the urgent need for 'an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward areas at short notice while under threat of air attack'. No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron's family tree can be traced back to a detachment of No 1 Mobile Works Squadron which was formed in July 1942 to construct an airfield at Wards Field five miles from Port Moresby. The detachment was named No 1 Mobile Works Squadron (Special Works Force) and it completed its task in the face of extraordinary difficulties. In November 1942, the detachment became No 5 Mobile Works Squadron and on 15th July 1944, was renamed No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. This title the Squadron has borne proudly ever since. As No 5ACS, the Squadron became part of No 62 Airfield Construction Wing with a strength of 800 men.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2018

    12 July 2018, 11:30am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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     In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July 1911: Formation of the RAN
    On the 10th 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 sinks the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the battle of Cape Spada off Crete.