Shrine of Remembrance Medal

Since 2008 the Shrine of Remembrance Medal has provided recognition to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifices made by Victorians for their country in times of war and peacekeeping. Past recipients have been drawn from a range of disciplines, each working tirelessly to support the objective of honouring service men and women, past and present. The Shrine of Remembrance Medal is awarded directly following the Victorian State Remembrance Day service at the Shrine annually.

The 2018 Recipient is Mr Graham Christie

Queenscliff resident and Vietnam Veteran Graham Christie was today (Sunday 11 November) declared the recipient of the 2018 Shrine of Remembrance Medal at an event following the Victorian State Remembrance Day Service.

Nominated by Simon Ramsay MP, Member for Western Victoria Region, who described the recipient as, ‘a selfless man of integrity and decency,’ Mr Christie served in Vietnam at Fire Support Patrol Bases of Coral and Balmoral.

The winner’s outstanding achievements in promoting the contribution of veterans in his community were commended. Credited as being the driving force behind many initiatives that had elevated the honouring of service men and women from the Western Victorian region, Mr Christie regularly speaks at local schools in the precinct with the aim of ensuring future generations understand and value service and sacrifice. Additionally, Mr Christie has taken an active, ongoing role in convening local commemorations for Vietnam Veterans’ Day and Remembrance Day and has also worked as a delegate and advocate for the Geelong and District Vietnam Veterans’ Association.

Shrine CEO, Dean Lee, strongly endorsed the decision to award Mr Christie or the 2018 Shrine Medal:
Mr Christie has worked tirelessly over many years to promote community understanding of veteran service and sacrifice. His commitment to support and honour commemoration will have long-ranging impact on current and future generations.

It was indeed Mr Christie’s dedication to support remembrance in his local area that meant he was unable to attend the medal announcement at the Shrine. As the convenor and Master of Ceremonies for the Remembrance Day March and Service in the Borough of Queenscliffe, Mr Christie’s commitment to his local community remained paramount. Mr Christie is looking forward to receiving his award at a lunch held for the ‘Friends of the Shrine’ in late November.

Past Recipients

The Shrine Medal has a long and rich history. Read more about the outstanding achievements of previous recipients here.