Services

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

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria 2020

    14 October 2020, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2020

    15 October 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of October we commemorate the following occasions:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were invovled in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on the Afrika Korps forces. 

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San and Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2020

    16 October 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst class minesweeper commissioned in 1941 for service in the Second World War. She was decommissioned in 1946. In October 2007, a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be supported by students and staff of Berwick Primary School, 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. 

  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2020

    17 October 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabaul as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded. 

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, 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. 

  • Melbourne University Regiment Wreath Laying and Graduation Parade 2020

    18 October 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying & Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    The regiment traces its origins to 1884 as D Company, 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, at which time it was known as the University Company. General Sir John Monash was a Colour Sergeant of this unit before taking a commission in the colonial and later Commonwealth militia. 

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2020

    18 October 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.