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  • Ceremony: 2/6 Cavalry Commando 2018

    Saturday 3 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C56

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    Each year on 3rd November a service is held to honour the officers and men of the Regiment - both those who fell in battle and those since departed.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - November 2018

    Sunday 4 November 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Trustee Sue Blake
    Shrine Trustee Roger Clifton

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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 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: 2/8th Battalion Infantry Association with Macarthur St Primary School 2018

    Wednesday 7 November 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C58

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion Association will be supported by students and staff of Macarthur St Primary School, 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.

    Raised in Melbourne at the outset of the Second World War, the 2/8th first saw action in North Africa as part of the 6th Division before participating in the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns. Withdrawn from the Middle-East in 1942 the Battalion returned to Australia for jungle warfare training before seeing action against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1944-45.

    The Battalion commemorates the service of its members in November each year. The Battalion suffered 94 killed and 272 wounded during the Second World War. 

  • Ceremony: 4th Australian Field Regiment with Caulfield Grammar 2018

    Wednesday 7 November 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The Regiment's tree was established on the Shrine Reserve during the "Australia Remembers" Year, 1995. They decided on an Annual Pilgrimage at Remembrance time for a Memorial Service. The Pilgrimage is in honour of all men who served in the Regiment and to the members who made the supreme sacrifice. 

    The 4th Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Caulfield 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.

  • Ceremony: 4th Anti-Tank Association 2018

    Saturday 10 November 2018, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised in Victoria in 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia. 

  • Ceremony: Remembrance Day 2018

    Sunday 11 November 2018, 10:15am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors.

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    Armistice Day
    In late 1918, after more than four years of bitter fighting, Allied forces finally broke stubborn German resistance and forced Germany to sue for peace. Entire nations cheered as fighting ceased and the armistice took effect at 11am on the 11th November 1918. One year later the first commemorations to mark the end of the war were held across the Commonwealth on the 11th November 1919. At the request of King George V the people of the Empire ceased work at 11am to hold a two minute vigil to remember the fallen. This vigil would evolve into the minute's silence of today's Remembrance Day services.

    Remembrance Day
    By the end of the Second World War Armistice Day had grown from solely a remembrance of the men and women of the Great War into something larger, becoming a day to honour all those who had fallen in war. With this evolution came a change of name and 11 November became known as Remembrance Day. Under this name Australians today remember all those who served and sacrificed during times of war and on peacekeeping operations in recent decades each November 11. Services are held at memorials, RSL clubs and schools across the country at 11am on this day, each including a minute's silence dedicated to the fallen.

    Shrine of Remembrance
    Armistice Day was also the date chosen for two key events at the Shrine of Remembrance; the foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1927 and the Shrine was officially dedicated on 11 November 1934. The dedication was witnessed by more than 300,000 people, more than half the population of Melbourne and the largest crowd seen in Australia at that time.

    For more information on Remembrance Day 2018 at the Shrine of Remembrance, see:
    www.shrine.org.au/Remembrance/Remembrance-Day