Services

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

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2019

    20 June 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of June we commemorate the following events:

    28 June 1919: Treaty of Versailles
    More than seven months after the Armistice came into effect the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    6 June 1944: ‘D-Day’
    The Allied invasion of France on June 6 1944 was the largest single amphibious operation in the history of mankind. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen would be involved in the fighting on this day alone. Australian forces were largely involved in the Pacific theatre by this time but RAAF forces attached to the RAF played crucial roles in pre-landing bombings and in providing fighter cover for the landing forces.

    25 June 1950: Outbreak of the Korean War
    The ‘Forgotten War’ breaks out when North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korean and US forces. In the three years of fighting to follow 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

    May - Jun 1968: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
    The largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.

  • RAN Recruits June 2019

    23 June 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2019

    23 June 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Trustee Roger Clifton JP and Shrine Trustee Nikki Deighton
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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.

  • HMAS Waterhen 2019

    30 June 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The original HMAS Waterhen was a V Class Destroyer built in England in 1918 and transferred to the RAN in 1933. Along with her sister ships, Waterhen formed the famous “Scrap Iron Flotilla” during the Second World War, serving in an anti-submarine role. Following a dive-bomber attack on 30 June 1941 She was holed and immobilised with no casualties, and after being taken in tow by HMS Defender for a short period She was then lost at sea on 30 June, becoming the first RAN ship to be lost by enemy action during the War.

    The present HMAS Waterhen is a shore establishment located on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Waverton, home to six Huon class Mine Hunter Coastal Vessels and support craft including a Diving Tender, a Torpedo recovery vessel, and two Mine Sweeper Auxiliaries.

  • Far East Strategic Reserve 2019

    6 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve (commonly referred to as the Far East Strategic Reserve or the FESR) was a military force created from units of the British, Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces. Created in the 1950s and based in Malaya, the FESR was conceived as a forward defence point for Australia and New Zealand, providing stability against communist regimes growing in the Southeast Asia region. The FESR Navy Association aims to promote recognition of the service of the men of the FESR's RAN component.

  • Reserve Forces Day 2019

    7 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    Reserve Forces Day is the National recognition of the former and serving Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve personnel, numbering over 1.25 million people. It occurs on the anniversary of the reforming of Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.