Services

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

  • Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2021

    8 August 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Pedestal was a British Operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942), as the strategic island fortress was under Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight. This service commemorates the Second World War sacrifices of the Maltese people. 

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2021

    8 August 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Battle of Savo Island (HMAS Canberra) 2021

    9 August 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    On 8 August 1942 the RAN Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged while serving in a joint US Navy and RAN force while protecting American troop transports during the landing operations on Guadalcanal. She was hit 24 times by attacking Imperial Japanese Naval forces in under two minutes, suffering 84 crew killed. HMAS Canberra was scuttled by torpedo the next day by US Destroyers. We honour those who served in the Battle of Savo Island. 

  • 76th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2021

    15 August 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorates Imperial Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 the Australian government gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. The governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory Over Japan or VJ Day. 

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2021

    15 August 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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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.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2021

    18 August 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.