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) 2019

    4 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association requests nil assistance.

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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 for Australia 2019

    4 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    All school students are welcome.

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

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September.

  • 2/33rd Battalion Association 2019

    8 September 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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 service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2019

    8 September 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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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.

  • RSL and Services Clubs Association 2019

    8 September 2019, 4:45pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2019

    11 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

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

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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.