Services

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

  • Battle of Amiens 2019

    8 August 2019, 8:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918, as the opening phase of the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. It was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the war, and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of the trenches.

    The Rotary Club of Melbourne 0808 Committee hold an annual Remembrance Service to commemorate the Australian contribution to victory at The Battle of Amiens. They also recognise and honour the contribution of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD, a significant Charter member and President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne 1922-23.

     

  • Battle of Savo Island (HMAS Canberra) 2019

    9 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    On 8 August 1942 the RAN Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged while serving in a joint US Navy and RAN force while protecting American troop transports during the landing operations on Guadalcanal. She was hit 24 times by attacking Imperial Japanese Naval forces in under two minutes, suffering 84 crew killed. HMAS Canberra was scuttled by torpedo the next day by US Destroyers. We honour those who served in the Battle of Savo Island.

  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2019

    11 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Pedestal was a British Operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942), as the strategic island fortress was under Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight. This service commemorates the Second World War sacrifices of the Maltese people.

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2019

    11 August 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 74th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2019

    15 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorates Imperial Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 the  Australian government gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. The governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory Over Japan or VJ Day.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2019

    18 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.