Services

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

  • The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2020

    20 September 2020, 2:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory. 

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German Air Force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities, competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed. 

  • Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2020

    26 September 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

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    TBA

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    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectvies without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighbouring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages. 

  • Australian Commando Association 2020

    27 September 2020, 12:00pm

    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.

  • 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. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2020

    11 October 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
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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 the First World War 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In the Second World War 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.