Services

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

  • Australian Commando Association 2020

    27 September 2020, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

    Shrine Representative:
    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 2020

    27 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    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.

  • Last Post Service September 2020

    27 September 2020, 4:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering on the Forecourt
    The Service will be conducted by Shrine Representatives and the Shrine Guard

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    • The Shrine is a memorial to honour the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict, peacekeeping and peacemaking.
    • At the week’s close we pause to remember those who have served and sacrificed. We remember them today as we have always remembered them—now and forever.
    • The Shrine stands for remembering, today and every day, that service and sacrifice are fundamental and relevant in creating, maintaining and protecting our national values and way of life.
    • Service and sacrifice are ongoing and continuous as is our commemoration of it.
    • Here all service is equal, and all are welcome.
    • By attending you are taking part in commemoration of service and sacrifice and we thank you.

  • Last Post Service October 2020

    4 October 2020, 4:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering on the Forecourt
    The Service will be conducted by Shrine Representatives and the Shrine Guard

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    • The Shrine is a memorial to honour the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict, peacekeeping and peacemaking.
    • At the week’s close we pause to remember those who have served and sacrificed. We remember them today as we have always remembered them—now and forever.
    • The Shrine stands for remembering, today and every day, that service and sacrifice are fundamental and relevant in creating, maintaining and protecting our national values and way of life.
    • Service and sacrifice are ongoing and continuous as is our commemoration of it.
    • Here all service is equal, and all are welcome.
    • By attending you are taking part in commemoration of service and sacrifice and we thank you.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2020

    10 October 2020, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War. 

  • RAN Recruits October 2020

    11 October 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance links a Sailor’s experience at Recruit School with current and past members of the Defence Community. Interpretation of external facets of the Monument are pointed out to Recruits, prior to taking part in a wreath laying ceremony in the Sanctuary. The wreath laying service recognises the contribution made by the Royal Australian Navy to Australia’s national security. Volunteer Shrine Guides then escort Recruits through the Galleries of Remembrance where aspects of Australia’s Defence Force peace making deployments and peace keeping missions since Federation are discussed. The pilgrimage underscores the significance of the journey embarked upon by each Recruit.