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  • Ceremony: Corvette Association/HMAS Armidale with Star of the Sea 2019

    Sunday 1 December 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Corvette Association with support from Star of the Sea College will hold their annual HMAS Armidale Service today. Corvettes are a small class of Naval Ship serving multi-role duties such as mine-sweeping, patrol and bombardments, and are particularly suited to escorting supply convoys. HMAS Armidale was sunk on this day in 1942 after aerial attack from Japanese aircraft, fighting as She went down.

  • Ceremony: Australian Intelligence Association (Victoria) 2019

    Sunday 1 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Australian Intelligence Corps was formed on 6th December 1907, disbanded in 1914 and then reformed again at the outbreak of the Second World War. Since its reformation the Corps has provided intelligence and counter-intelligence to the Army. The service of members of the Corps is remembered on this day.

  • Ceremony: 29/46 Battalion Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    Sunday 1 December 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 29/46 Battalion Association holds its annual pilgrimage on the first Sunday in December each year. The service is held to commemorate the Battalion's first action on 5 December 1943 on the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea. 

  • Ceremony: Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ships Infantry Association of Victoria will honour the veterans and acknowledge the serving members of HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault.

    AMCs were merchant ships converted for naval service with the addition of armour and guns, for self-defence in supply convoys. With limited success in this role some were repurposed as Landing Ships to serve in troop transport roles. HMAS Assault was a Navy training centre specialising in amphibious assaults, characteristic of the Allied offensives in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War.

  • Ceremony: The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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  • Ceremony: American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The American Ex-Servicemen's Association was founded in March 1946 by a group of American Service personnel who emigrated to Australia. It is a social organisation formed to promote the welfare of American Ex-Servicemen and women in Australia and to secure better relations between Americans and the Australian Community. We honour that relationship today with their annual Commemorative Service in the Sanctuary.

    On 7 December 1941, Imperial Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the United State's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus America's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. Other simultaneous  attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation of Malaya, Thailand, Guam, Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.