Services

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

  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association (Kokoda Day) 2018

    12 August 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • 73rd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)

    15 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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     VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2018

    16 August 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives: 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF 
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. Its mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli
    From the sixth to the seventeenth of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach and was followed by several days fighting resulting in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation.

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm.

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city.

  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 2018

    18 August 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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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.

  • RAN Recruits August 2018

    19 August 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2018

    19 August 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who have served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Air Force.

    In particular, we remember the service of men and women who served in units from World War I and World War II 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.