Services

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

  • Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) Inc 2019

    2 June 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    Founded in 1997 the Association membership is open to all with an interest in Bomber Command, in support of veterans and families who ensure that the service and sacrifice of Bomber Command is acknowledged and never forgotten. bombercommand.org.au

    Bomber Command was the Royal Air Force's wing that controlled all bomber forces from 1936 to 1968, with notable responsibility for the bombing of Germany in the Second World War and for carrying the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent in the 1960s via the V Bombers.

  • Normandy Veterans Association with Glen Waverley Secondary College 2019

    6 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    This annual service commemorates the Allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, better known as 'D-Day'. This remains the largest amphibious landing in history, involving almost 200,000 men in the invasion on the first day alone, and it is now considered to mark the true beginning of the liberation of Europe. The service also pays respect to those men who would fight in Normandy over the coming weeks as the Allies fought to break out of the beach head and push the Germans back.

    The Normandy Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Glen Waverley Secondary College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Queen's Birthday 21 Gun Salute 2019

    8 June 2019, 12:00pm

    A 21 Gun Salute on the Lower Forecourt marks the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of State. Although her actual birthday is 21 April, there is an Official Birthday in early June to coincide with finer weather that benefits the outdoor ceremonies. In Victoria this is held on the second Saturday in June.

    A 21 Gun Salute is a traditional salute firing blanks from an artillery piece or cannon to acknowledge special Royal occassions within the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

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  • Special Air Service Regiment Association 2019

    12 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests nil assistance.

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    On 12th June 1996, two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided during a live-fire counter-terrorism/special recovery operation exercise at Fire Support Base Barbara in the High Range Training Area at Townsville, Queensland. Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident.

  • 'N' Class Destroyers 2019

    16 June 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    From a flotilla of eight N-Class Royal Navy Destroyers built in 1939, five were transferred into the Royal Australian Navy for service in the Second World War, of which HMAS Nestor was sunk in June 1942. We honour the service and sacrifice of the N-Class Destroyers with a commemorative service in the Sanctuary.

  • 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    16 June 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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    The annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to 17 June, commemorating the date when the battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of 1941.