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  • Ceremony: Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria 2018

    Wednesday 10 October 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
     

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2018

    Thursday 11 October 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    October contains several significant dates relating to Australian involvement in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. These include:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were involved in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San & Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • Ceremony: 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2018

    Saturday 13 October 2018, 01:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War.

  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits October 2018

    Sunday 14 October 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2018

    Sunday 14 October 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
     

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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.

  • Ceremony: 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2018

    Wednesday 17 October 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940 and was initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, before later moving to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, 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.