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) 2019

    11 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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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) 2019

    11 August 2019, 2:00pm

    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 

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  • 74th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2019

    15 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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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.

  • RAN Recruits August 2019

    17 August 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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  • Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2019

    18 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo 
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 
    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.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2019

    18 August 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM 
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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.