Services

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

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2020

    4 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

     

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment.

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups. 

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2020

    11 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914, the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War. 

  • Russian ANZACs 2020

    11 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • Submarines Association of Australia 2020

    13 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War. 

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2020

    13 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. 

    The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson's Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured - a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this servce, held annually on the second Sunday in September. 

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2020

    14 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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