Services

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

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2019

    22 August 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    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 6th to 17th of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted 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 Australia Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as 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 fo 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. 

  • Catalina Branch RAAFA Vic with Wesley College 2019

    25 August 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The Consolidated Catalina was a versatile flying boat that entered RAAF service in February 1941. With an eight man crew capable of carrying 20 people, the "Cats" were used for reconnaissance missions, bombing, mine laying, dropping supplies and air/sea rescues. They were retired from service in 1952.

    The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria) will be supported by students and staff of Wesley College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association with Thomas Carr College 2019

    31 August 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia was established in June 1995, with branches in all states and territories. They honour the memory and sacrifice of all those who served during the Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and in Malaya, Borneo or Malaysia since the Second World War.

    The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association will be supported by students and staff of Thomas Carr College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2019

    3 September 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 Merchant Navy refers to a nation’s commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country’s ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War.

  • Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2019

    4 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

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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.