Services

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

  • National Servicemen's Association 2019

    10 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Precinct

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951, the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to undergo the National Service scheme, consisting of 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two period of 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force had to complete their 176 days in one stretch. The scheme was criticised as being irrelevant to modern defence needs, where skill was becoming more important than numbers, and for being a drain on the regular army's finances and manpower. In 1959 the scheme was abolished.

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2019

    10 February 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D33

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. Units participate in a range of operations including offense, reconnaissance, and armoured infantry transport. Units are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Australian Light Armoured Vehicle and Bushmaster family of vehicles.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2019

    15 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Inc. has been providing support, companionship, relief and welfare for wartime prisoners of war (POWs), ex-POWs, civilian internees, their wives, widows and families since its inception in Little Collins Street in July 1942.

    The Association continues to welcome and connect families and friends of POWs. For membership enquiries visit: [email protected]

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2019

    17 February 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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 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. 

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2019

    19 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

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

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by Imperial Japan was the first attack ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. The devastating attack by 242 Japanese aircraft sank 8 and damaged 15 of the 45 ships in the harbour. 23 aircraft were destroyed and an estimated 900 people killed with many hundreds injured. A further 64 bombing raids were conducted through to 12 November 1943, but strict censorship was imposed on all information regarding the air raids, to keep the demorilising news out of the public sphere.

    This service commemorates the 200,000 Australians who served in Darwin during the Second World War, and those who lost their lives.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2019

    21 February 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War.

    8 February 1942: The Invasion of Singapore
    The Japanese invasion and subsequent capture of 'Fortress Singapore' ranks as one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War. Despite putting up a fierce defence more than 15,000 men of the 8th Division became prisoners of war following the surrender of Singapore. Thousands of these men would die in Japanese POW camps and more would suffer from injury and illness received in these camps for the rest of their lives. 

    16 February 1942: Bangka Island Massacre
    Following the sinking of the Vyner Brooke, a merchant ship carrying medical personnel and wounded soldiers back to Australia, several dozen Australians escaped the sinking ship and landed on Bangka Island. Here Japanese forces would massacre the wounded soldiers and their medical carers, leaving Sister Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel as the only survivor.

    28 February 1942: Sinking of HMAS Perth
    HMAS Perth, a Leander class light cruiser, was one of the most famous RAN ships of the Second World War. She established a tremendous record in the Mediterranean theatre before returning home to fight the Japanese in early 1942. She was sunk in company with the USS Houston following a night action against a much larger Japanese force off Sunda Strait. 

    3-8 February 1943: The Battle of Wau
    The Battle of Wau was a pivotal moment in the Australian campaign against Japanese forces on New Guinea. With the help of RAAF ground attack aircraft, regular Army and militia units were first able to defeat the Japanese attack on Wau before launching a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island.